I am very glad the
minister has made this statement, and of course I recognize the force of his argument that the coast lines of Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario necessitate a much greater expenditure in those provinces. But I am compelled to suggest that I am not aware of any new inland sea in Saskatchewan which would require any great expenditure in that province. However, I should like to assure the minister that it is not because of any lack of requests from Alberta that the expenditures in that province are down. Last year, for example, a certain amount of dredging was undertaken at Waterways on the Athabaska river, and, if my understanding is correct, the funds for that work were provided by the Department of Mines and Resources. The result was that there had to be taken away from Alberta about $50,000 which otherwise would have been contributed to assist that particular province. I do not believe any other province is receiving this kind of treatment, and that is why I bring the matter to the attention of the minister.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS