Mr. W. M. GERMAN (Welland):
the attention of the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham) and the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) to a report in the
Toronto Globe of last Friday of a speech made by Sir Adam Beck at Prescott, Ontario, as follows:
Sir Adam announced to-night amid loud applause that at an interview in Ottawa to-day with Hon. George P. Graham, Minister of Railways and Canals and Hon. Charles Stewart, Minister of the Interior, these two ministers conceded to him on behalf of the federal government the full rights of Ontario as to the use of its water-power without litigation.
Will the hon. minister tell me if they made a statement of that kind or to that effect, or if they stated anything that would lead Sir Adam Beck to infer that the government would hand over the waters of the St. Lawrence river to the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario?
Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals): Sir Adam Beck, as
we all know, is an optimist on the question of the supply of power for the province of Ontario. He certainly is mistaken as to my making any suggestion along the lines indicated in his speech. I would have no authority to make such a statement, and as it is altogether a legal matter, I would not have the knowledge requisite to warrant me in making such a statement.
Topic: WATER-POWERS OF ONTARIO