March 1, 1937

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Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LOCKHART:

Is there anything in the estimates for historic sites in the Niagara peninsula, such as Fort Erie, Ridgeway and other historic spots all through the peninsula?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

We have an amount in the estimates for historic sites, but whether any of the particular sites my hon. friend has in mind are covered by the item in the estimates, I cannot at the moment say. The commission on historic sites and monuments makes its recommendations to the department, where the historic sites should be marked, and how they should be marked, and we appropriate the money. Whether or not any recommendations are in from the commission covering any of the places my hon. friend has in mind, I cannot at the moment say.

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Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LOCKHART:

I raise the point because along the Niagara frontier the moment you cross the international boundary you are struck with the contrast in the way these historic sites are preserved on the American side. On the Canadian side, at Fort Mississauga and some of these other places, the historic sites are in a most dilapidated condition as compared with the sites on the American side.

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Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

I would point out to the hon. member that the item which includes provision for historic sites was under discussion this afternoon and it now stands. He will have an opportunity to raise his question when that vote comes up again. Historic sites do not come under this vote.

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Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Can the minister give us some idea of the number of tourists who visited the different national parks last year?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

The total was more than 900,000 visitors, but how they were divided up among the different parks I cannot say. The largest number was at Point Pelee, which must be a centre of very considerable interest. We have not the information at hand as to the number visiting the individual parks.

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William Allen Walsh

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALSH:

Following up the question that was asked a short time ago by one of the hon. members from Quebec, may I ask whether I understood the minister correctly

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that the province must initiate the transaction that would lead to the establishment of a national park within its boundaries?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

That would be one way of getting the thing started.

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William Allen Walsh

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALSH:

Has the minister had any correspondence during the past two years with the government of Quebec relative to a park within that province?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I have no recollection of it during the past fifteen or sixteen months. What happened prior to that I am not in a position to say.

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William Allen Walsh

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALSH:

There is no scheme of that kind under consideration by the department at the present time?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I have no recollection of its having been brought to the notice of the department. There has been no official offer, though there has been an occasional discussion.

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William Allen Walsh

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALSH:

I assume that the department would be in a receptive mood if the province took the initiative?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

We should always consider suggestions that came from the province. How receptive the mood would be is a matter on which I can give the hon. member no assurance at this time.

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John Patrick Barry

Liberal

Mr. BARRY:

Will the minister inform the committee how much of this money is appropriated to each of the provinces?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I have under my hand an approximate estimate which was calculated by the director of parks since the hon. member brought up the point a few moments ago: Alberta, about S500.000; British Columbia, $73,000-I am giving round figures- Saskatchewan, $53,000; Manitoba, $55,000; Ontario, $18,000; Nova Scotia, $103,000; Prince Edward Island, $40,000. The larger parks and by far the greater number are in the province of Alberta. That is where the finest mountain scenery in the world is found, and that is where the parks are located.

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John Charles Alexander Cameron

Liberal

Mr. CAMERON (Cape Breton):

The province in each case must furnish the park. The province of Nova Scotia will have expended close to $1,000,000 to acquire the site of the park there, and I suggest that the department should make a much more generous provision than a little over $100,000 for the current year for the development of that park.

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Item agreed to. Progress reported. At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Tuesday, March 2, 1937


March 1, 1937