Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Pensions and National Health):
Mr. Speaker, under
an international agreement we, as a department, are supposed to protect the water supply on the inland waters, and on international waters adjoining Canada. Through the provincial government laboratories in Ontario and in Quebec, the water supply used by shipping on the St. Lawrence and on the great lakes is tested. We have been fortunate in having checked any typhoid outbreaks aboard these ships. On April 30 of this year we advised the shipping companies that good water could be secured at Montreal, Levis, Lauzon and Three Rivers, these ports being on the St. Lawrence. The Quebec government had advised us that the water at Quebec contained a large number of colon baccili and was not considered to be safe water to be used by the steamships.