Now that the geography and history lessons are over, I should like to say a few words with reference to a proposed national park in New Brunswick. I think I can truthfully say that New Brunswick is the only province in Canada which has no national park at the present time. While we have a number of historic sites, we have no national park. I am rather ashamed to bring up this matter again because it has been brought up every year since 1936. The minister will remember that in that session a bill was passed authorizing the establishment of national parks in the three maritime provinces. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have taken advantage of the provisions of that act and their parks are now being developed.
I understand that the sites of these parks were well selected, and they are proving quite popular with tourists and the people of the provinces.
I should like to see some action taken in New Brunswick. The people of the province are growing weary of the delay, but I do not think the minister is being blamed particularly. I have good reason to believe that the delay is more the responsibility of the
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provincial government at Fredericton than it is of the federal government here at Ottawa. Has any definite site been chosen as yet for a national park in New Brunswick? If no definite site has been chosen, what prospective sites have .been reviewed and what is the order of preference? Can the minister give any assurance that the development of a national park in New Brunswick will be undertaken in the near future?
I have not his exact words, but in the session of 1937 the minister intimated that unless the provincial government took some steps to provide for a site, the federal government might have to act in the matter. I do not think it is necessary for me to point out that our province is losing tourist business every year because we have no park. Some $4,000,000 was spent last year for the development of parks throughout Canada, tout not one dollar of that was spent in New Brunswick. The fact that our province is beautiful is self-evident to anyone who visits it. We have splendid roads, and I believe that if a park were established it would prove a great added attraction so far as tourist trade is concerned.
There is another matter in connection with which the province is losing. I refer to relief projects. I understand that between $600,000 and $700,000 has 'been spent for relief purposes in developing the Nova Scotia site. I have heard considerable criticism of the way in which this money has been used, but we in New Brunswick feel that the federal government and the provincial government should endeavour to get together on this matter and provide a national park for our province. I should like to have some comment from the minister in this regard.