December 4, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Yesterday the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker) raised certain questions regarding the commission investigating the proposed South Saskatchewan project, and I told him I wished to get further information before attempting a complete reply. The government has given no instructions to the commission other than those contained in the order in council in which the reference has to do with the two following questions: whether the economic and social returns to the Canadian people on the investment in the proposed South Saskatchewan river project-central Saskatchewan development-would be commensurate with the cost thereof, and whether the said project represents the most profitable and desirable use which can be made of the physical resources involved.
All the information about the project that had been tabled in the house was placed at the disposal of the commission, and of course they also have access to the various departments where they can see any other material about the project that may have been gathered at any time in those departments. I am informed that there is no ground for the supposition that there is any interruption of their work, that as a matter of fact they are having another meeting in Ottawa next week, and that the matter is actively under consideration by them for the purpose of making their report on the two points set out in the order in council by which the commission was established.

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