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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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sion to explain once more to Mr. King that the question was an urgent
one and to see what could be done to expedite matters.
  Mr. King, he said, realized that assurances had been given by the
President to have this matter dealt with during this year, and he felt
sure that he would do everything he could to be of assistance. Dr.
Skelton added, however, that in all frankness the present moment was
not a very propitious one to press matters, so far as Ontario was con-
cerned. (He undoubtedly had reference to the three cornered alter-
cation at present going on in Toronto as a result of the repudiation by
the Ontario Government of the Hydro Commissions contracts with the
private power companies into which the newly organized Toronto.
Globe and Mail has injected itself.) However, the matter had to be,
tackled sooner or later, and the sooner it was done, Dr. Skelton felt,
the better.
  In the meantime, press despatches from Washington under date of
December 25th and 26th last, carrying a statement by Mr. Frank P.
Walsh with regard to the St. Lawrence waterway question, have been
given prominence in the Canadian press.
  [Here follows a lengthy report on Canadian press comment.]
  In spite of these press attacks and the attitude of certain elements in
the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, I still feel that there is no reason
for discouragement, provided Mr. King and the Dominion Govern-
ment can be persuaded to take a firm stand in favor of finding some
solution acceptable to both sides. The visit of Mr. Walsh and his as-
sociates and the knowledge of the President's interest in this whole
question have undoubtedly been most helpful in this respect, and
I am hopeful that as time goes on Mr. King will be able to answer
the objections of Ontario, even if necessary at the expense of having
the Dominion Government bear a greater burden of the cost so far as
Canada is concerned.
  Respectfully yours,                          NORMAN ARMOUR
    The Minister in Canada (Arnmour) to the Secretary of State
No. 1212                                 OTrAWA March 2, 1937.,
                                            [Received March 4.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Legation's confidential despatch
No. 1104 of January 5,1937, and previous correspondence concerning
the St. Lawrence-Niagara Falls Treaty, and to report that I had a
conversation this morning with Dr. Skelton on this subject. Dr.
Skelton said that the talks with the Ontario officials had taken place
last week as arranged. Mr. Thomas B. McQuesten, Minister of High-

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