I could not follow all
you said, Mr. Chairman, so I was wondering if it would be in order to say a word in support of the minister's general attitude on this question of building this dam. I believe it would be of value for several reasons to have this dam built. I understand it will help the water table. Now that the United States is beginning to worry because its water table is sinking, it seems to me that this project would benefit both Canada and the United States.
I congratulate the minister on the attitude he has taken. We want him to proceed as carefully and cautiously as he did in connection with the St. Mary project. I am sure that if he comes to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do, it will not be a matter of politics but a question of whether or not it will benefit the dominion as a whole.
I might point out one other matter that should be kept in mind. Hon. members will have noticed that this has been an exceedingly wet year in southern Alberta, so much so that for a time the St. Mary river dam was almost in danger. Occasionally we have such a year of heavy precipitation. 1902 was such a year; so were 1908, 1916 and 1928. The effect of such years of heavy precipitation on filling this reservoir is something I believe should be kept in mind when contemplating the feasibility of the whole project.
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