I take it to be the truth,
more, especially when I read in 'the annual report of the Financial Times that Sir Herbert Holt, if not president, is a director of every power company in the province of Quebec, the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company, the Quebec Power Company, the Southern Power Company, the Shawinigan Power Company and all the allied power companies in the province of Quebec. That is the monopoly, the merger, the trust- which is fighting against the Carillon power development plan; it is this monopoly which is behind the organized opposition to that development. This same publication called the attention of the interested parties in the Ottawa valley district to the matter, and a big meeting was called in the town of Lachute, in the county of Argenteuil, where a resolution was passed protesting against the opposition, and endeavouring to show the government the benefit it would be not only to that particular district, but to the province and the Dominion as a whole, if the Carillon power development was approved. The question was viewed not only from the point of view of their own interest, but from the national point of view. The resolution read as follows:
Resolved that after consideration of the proposed hydro-electric development at Carillon, on the Ottawa river, the council and citizens of the town of Lachute express their approval of the project and request that the federal and provincial governments do give their immediate endorsement to the work so that the work of construction may proceed without delay.
In endorsing the project, this meeting wishes to point out .that the construction of this large hydroelectric plant would ensure an abundant supply of electrical energy, now so urgently needed throughout the Ottawa valley; that it would mean the expenditure of many millions of new capital in this province; that it would give employment to thousands of workmen, thus relieving the serious situation now facing civic and other authorities; and that it would create activity in many industries manufacturing materials needed for such an undertaking.
A further consideration which this meeting considers is highly important to Lachute is that the development at Carillon would be accompanied by the construction of a 14-foot canal from St. Anne's to Ottawa, thus creating a new navigable waterway which would assist in industrial development, without the cost of a single dollar to the public.
Resolved further that as it is reported that this huge power development is not financially possible unless there is an immediate market for the surplus power, this meeting can see no reason why the export of power should not be permitted so long as the home demands are amply met-a provision which can be fully provided for by the federal government.
That resolution, Mr. Chairman, covers all the points in favour of the granting of the electric water-power plant at Carillon. Firs of all, it would mean the expenditure of mans millions. The plant, as shown by the en gineer's estimate, would cost about $52,000,000, with a capacity of 400,000 horse-power. The erection of that plant would mean employment for over 2,000 people during three years, and the employment of that number of people for that length of time would certainly bring relief to the general labour situation in Canada.
Not only do t'he municipal councils in the districts north and south of the Ottawa river support the proposition, but the Trades and Labour Council of the city of Montreal adopted a resolution in its favour similar to the one passed at Lachute. It is therefore apparent that labour men to the number of
100,000 are behind the people of the Ottawa valley in the support of the enterprise. The Trades and Labour Council of Montreal, adopted also a resolution approving the project.
In addition to the great good to labour that will result from the carrying out of the enterprise, there is the further fact that navigation will be facilitated by the raising of the level of the Ottawa river. From the engineering reports that are available it is evident that the carrying out of the project would give a fourteen foot waterway in the Ottawa river, thus placing the city of Ottawa, on a footing
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of equality in the matter of navigation with various cities on the St. Lawrence. As a further evidence of the popularity of this project in the particular district affected, may I state that, at the time the delegation met the government, AJderman Low stated that the Ottawa city council had adopted a resolution in favour of the power development scheme, similar in form to the Lachute resolution. Surely the support of such large bodies of public opinion indicates the necessity and urgency of this work.
It was stated this afternoon that the National Hydro-Electric Company had only developed 250 horse-power but let me point out that the company has already spent $500,000 on engineering work. I must not forget to mention that in addition to satisfying Canadian demands before exporting power to the United States there is a clause in both leases which declares that the plans for the construction of works must fulfil all the requirements of the Georgian Bay project. In the leases all possible contingencies are provided for, even to the extent of protecting the requirements of the Georgian Bay canal and Canadian demands for power.
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