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

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

That is what I am going to say. The matter of building the South Saskatchewan river dam would not be affected by that. When the board was set up-I am sorry I have not the exact dates this morning, but I sent for the letters in order to make up the return that is to be brought down; I believe it was several months ago, and I am not sure that it may not have been one or two years since we were first discussing the form of the water board for the three provinces. During that time, Manitoba, being the last to receive the water, naturally was much concerned as to whether the board was going to be able to make the final decision. So far as this government was concerned, we were quite prepared at that time to say that the board could make the final decision. But the provinces were not prepared to accept that, more particularly the province of Manitoba. I think Manitoba was fairly strongly supported by the other two provinces. Eventually we agreed to the board being set up with the undertaking that any decision reached would have to be approved by the governments of the provinces before it would become final.
There were no discussions then which would indicate that anybody was opposed to anything; it was only that they wanted the right to protect their own interests when it came to the time to deal with the matter. As I recall the correspondence, which will be on the file when it comes down and I think will verify what I am going to say, the only objection raised by the Saskatchewan government that could be called an objection was raised by the minister of agriculture on
Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act behalf of the government, in a letter written wishing to know, before they consented fully, whether or not sufficient water was being allowed to pass the boundary line of Alberta into Saskatchewan to fill up a dam such as the South Saskatchewan river dam and make water available to do the things that we were maintaining could be done. An attempt has been made to satisfy them on that point, and I really think they are satisfied.

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