June 25, 1951 (21st Parliament, 4th Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

In view of the fact that the minister has stated that none of the three provinces has passed the necessary order in council confirming the orders made by the water board, can he say whether or not any objection has been raised to the issuance by any province of such order in council? Has the government of Manitoba given any indication that it is going to refuse to allow the necessary allocation and diversion of water on the South Saskatchewan? Has the government of Saskatchewan been approached in connection with this matter, and has it given any indication that it is not going to pass such order in council? I ask the same question with regard to the government of the province of Alberta.
I can say that within the last few days the association in Saskatchewan, a voluntary body, had a meeting in connection with this matter and expressed itself directly and definitely, because apparently commencement of construction is being indefinitely postponed.
As to the question I asked this morning, and the answer given by the minister, with respect to the personnel of the committee of experts, I am in agreement with him, because I realize that any indication of names at this time would be quite improper. But I am disturbed about the fact that having believed that something was going to be done, and it

having been decided that a committee of experts must be satisfied on the question, we are still faced with a hurdle in that all three provinces must consent. That is one reason why I raised such strong objection when this matter of the water board was before the committee. The possibility that one province could completely prevent the doing of work so necessary as this indicates the difficulties that will be experienced if the government of Manitoba should take the stand that any diversion of waters necessary for this project would be detrimental to the province. That is why I asked the minister the specific question, and I hope he will give an answer.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT OF ACT TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT AND SUPERANNUATION OF CERTAIN OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, ETC.
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