Mr. Speaker, once again I thank the hon. member for an excellent question. I will go a lot further than he proposes. We will be having a meeting of provincial ministers and myself, because as I mentioned to the hon. member for Jonquière we believe in the importance of co-operation in this regard and many aspects of control of water are provincial.
We will move together with them through the accord. As the hon. member has correctly mentioned, in the last few days Newfoundland has come on board of the accord concept for the elimination of exports. We are delighted with that.
In addition, I am going further by discussing with them not just the elimination of exports of bulk water. I should distinguish between bulk water exports and containers of water, which are a different matter. In addition, we do not believe there should be any major diversions from watershed to watershed whether or not they cross international boundaries.
We will be discussing with the provinces an accord which essentially lives up to the International Joint Commission report of the Great Lakes area but in addition deals with the issue of interbasin transfers for water beyond just exports.