June 26, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)


The chairman
has called my attention to a la/ter report to council by Sir James Lougheed. There was no action taken by council except that the matter was referred to the Department of Justice. This will show the view of Sir James Lougheed:
The city of New Westminster takes its water supply from Coquitlam lake, and the Vancouver Power Company have constructed a power dam on Coquitlam river at the outlet of the lake, using the lake as a reservoir. With a view to preserving the waters of the lake from contamination and to regulate the supply for both the city and the power company, an order in council was passed in 1920 establishing the Coquitlam Conservation reserve, which covered the watershed of the lake; and in this connection an agreement was entered into in 1913 between the city of New Westminster, the Power Company and the Crown. Through an inadvertence, the northern portion of timber berth No. 507, comprising approximately 4.256 acres, was included in this reserve, and Messrs. Hall and Irwin now make application to be granted other timber in lieu of that contained in their berth, and advance the following in support of their application;
My hon. friend will find on the file, in the first instance, a legal opinion that the original order in council of 1910 did not control the situation, and in the second instance, that in so far as the city was concerned, the regulations which were then drawn as to the manner in which logging operations were to be carried on would enable logging to be done without any danger to the city's water supply. The report goes on:
That they were advised by the mayor of NewWestminster that if any attempt were made to remove timber from their berth into Coquitlam lake, he
would apply for an injunction restraining them from doing so:
That the mayor took the ground that the cityhad the right to preserve the purity of the water of
the lake, and had also the right to preserve the timber upon the lands within the reserve:
That the Vancouver Power Company had erected a dam across the Coquitlam river, at the outlet of the lake, without a sluiceway for the passage of logs, and had diverted some of the waters from the Coquitlam river, thus preventing them from bringing their logs down the river:
With a view to removing the possibility of litigation arising among the parties interested, as a result of a portion of berth No. 507 having been included in the conservation reserve, the undersigned recommends that the licensees of berth No 507 be allowed to select, in lieu thereof, other available timber on Dominion lands of equal value.
I see that the action that was taken by the Privy Council was to refer the report back to Sir James Lougheed on November 24, 1920, and in April, 1921, it was referred to the Department of Justice. I am not going to detain the committee any further, Mr. Chairman.

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