This is the telegram the Prime Minister hands me: Sioux Lockout is a divisional point on the English river. There is a little sawmill at present, and it expects to develop into quite a considerable town.
Sioux Lookout, Ontario, May 30, U9I2H. Hon. Premier Meighen,
We herewith petition you respecting Bill now before House referring to control of Lac Seul waters.
Lac Seul is the source of the English river.
We petition that the natural rights of our town in Pelican Falla water power on the English river be protected by an amendment to the Bill to restrict the raising of Lac Seul to a level which would destroy any portion of the present horsepower development available at this point.
The Bill proposes to give power to the board to regulate and hold the waters up there, which would affect the present horse power. The first Bill which was introduced had to be amended when the Prime Minister's attention was called to the same, to make it a little fairer to these people. It even purported to give the right to shut off the flow of the English river entirely.
Should Bill now under consideration pass in its present stage and commission appointed raise level of Lac Seul sufficient to deteriorate Pelican Falls, it would be a serious handicap to our present and future industrial development, which development is an essential necessity for the proper financial assistance to our town to assist in supplying finances for our educational and other municipal requirements, which assistance is urgently needed.
There is development under way there and they hope to bring in population which will help them to maintain their schools.
Topic: REVISED EDITION. COMMONS