May 23, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the question is a timely one and is based upon an item in the XJ.S. News and World Report of recent date which contains the assertion that the state department last week got Canada to agree to a review of the problem.
The United States government has requested the Canadian government to make a joint reference on the question of the high water level of lake Ontario to the international joint commission for study and for recommendation of appropriate remedial measures. The Canadian government has agreed in principle to this reference on the understanding that it will be drafted in such a manner that the international joint commission will not delay consideration of the St. Lawrence project, which it has also been agreed to refer to the commission immediately. Our purpose is that the St. Lawrence project be not delayed by the consideration of the reference on the matter of the high water level. Officials concerned are now drafting a reference on this subject to the international joint commission, to be submitted to the governments for approval.

Topic:   GREAT LAKES LEVELS
Subtopic:   JOINT REFERENCE TO INTERNATIONAL JOINT
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