711.4215 Air Pollution/57: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Canada (Phillips)

49. Your despatch 375, April 26, also 305, March 23.56

In Department’s 111, December 20, it was proposed that the Commission be authorized (1) to investigate the extent to which properties on the American side have been injured or destroyed as a result of fumes; (2) to investigate the extent of damages caused to property owners on the American side; (3) to submit recommendations as to measures to protect property owners from damage by fumes in the future. Answer of Canadian Government does not cover number (3).

Take up question immediately and inquire whether Canadian Government is not willing that number (3) should be incorporated in the reference to the Commission.

In view of the importance which is attached to this matter by residents in the section affected and by Senators from the State of Washington, it is desired that you urge upon the Canadian Government the desirability of making the reference sufficiently broad to admit of the Commission considering and reporting on all elements of the problem which are essential to a proper and satisfactory solution of the difficulty.

  1. Latter not printed.