Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Prince George-Bulkley Valley for the question. Indeed there are a number of meetings, seminars and conferences being planned throughout West Kootenay and East Kootenay in the coming weeks and months. I am also glad to hear that there are meetings going on in his area.
These meetings are being set up not only on the volition of a number of New Democrats who have been concerned politically for some time, but also by the provincial power agencies and others concerned with the
administration of the treaty. This is being done to ensure that whatever decisions we do make and whatever lobbies we do mount are done with the greatest amount of knowledge as to exactly what those agreements are and exactly what limitations we are forced to work within.
I would like to pay tribute to some of my predecessors of two parties in my own area, particularly the squire of the Kootenays, Mr. Bert Herridge, who was the member from 1945 to 1968. During the negotiations of the Columbia River Treaty Mr. Herridge did so much to fight what he thought were the bad provisions of that treaty and on balance the treaty as a whole.
Another tribute goes to a predecessor from 1968 to 1974, the member for Kootenay West, Mr. Randolph Harding, who was also a provincial member. I think he destroyed three or four of his own cars travelling around to the communities that were to be flooded. He added his voice to this and did so much, together with a later member, Mr. Brisco, my alter ego with whom I bounced ideas back and forth on numerous occasions.
All of us, in our own time and in our own way, have done what we could to keep our people informed and to try to get the reality as opposed to the myth of the agreement established in people's minds so that we are bargaining with facts and not simply with emotions. It has probably been deduced not just from my tone but from that of my colleagues and some members on the other side that the emotions run as deep and as strong as do the waters and the generating capacity of the area from which I come.
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