May 30, 1939

CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacINNIS:

The recipients of this relief were on lands under the control of the federal government?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Many of them were men who had homesteaded on federal government land, and there were others who had purchased their land from land companies or railway companies or from other sources.

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Item agreed to. Surveys and engineering branch. 522. Development of tourist highways, $3,750,000. B * '


CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

What progress has been made on the road from the boundary to Kootenay park?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

About thirty-five miles of new grading and twenty miles of hard surfacing were completed last year. The amount contributed by the dominion was $175,000.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Is that the piece of pavement north of Cranbrook?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Yes.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Is another definite mileage to be completed this year?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Further work is to be done this year. When the matter was before the committee a year ago I expressed the hope that the work would be completed this year.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

To the entrance of the park?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I am afraid it will not be completed this year, but the expectation is that it will be completed in 1940.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Is the work being done under contract?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I am told it is practically all being done under contract.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Does the province have to put up dollar for dollar?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

They match our contribution dollar for dollar.

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

The minister will recall that about four weeks ago most of the cabinet of the government of Saskatchewan were in Ottawa for a considerable time. Almost any time you could see two or three of them in the gallery, looking down on us. I understand they were here for the purpose of getting the federal government to agree to carry on certain road construction in the province. Soon after they went home the minister of highways made a statement that they had been successful, that some arrangements had been made with this government under which considerable money would be spent this season on roads running north and south. The only highway construction that will be carried on in the province will be that done under an arrangement with the federal government.

Last night the hon. member for Melfort (Mr. McLean) made a very weak plea, I thought, on behalf of a tourist highway from the international boundary, No. 1 highway north from Regina to Melfort and up to the

S apply-M i n es-High wa ys

Flin-Flon. Tourist traffic is important, and I am very much in favour of the government giving it encouragement. A considerable portion of this money which is to be spent in cooperation with the province will be spent on highways leading north from the international boundary, and I am particularly anxious that work should be done on the highways leading into the Moose Mountain area in the southeastern part of Saskatchewan. There we have a picturesque country, with numerous lakes. It is a well treed and rolling country and gives tourists from the United States a good impression of the scenic beauties of the province. As they proceed north on No. 1 highway they can readily enter the Qu'Appelle valley, and for scenic attractions there is no more attractive spot in the province than the Qu'Appelle lakes.

I should like to support the plea made by the hon. member for Melfort last night for development of the highway leading from Regina north into the Melfort country and on into the northeastern part of the province. It could branch off from Melfort towards Saskatoon. Undoubtedly that country should receive some benefit under this vote.

Can the minister tell me what portion of this vote will be spent in cooperation with the provincial government in the southeastern part of Saskatchewan from the international boundary north and on into the northern part of the province? I know there is a lot of competition between the two highways, one leading from Regina north, and the other leading from Moose Jaw north to Prince Albert and into the national park. I believe that the member for Moose Jaw (Mr. Ross) and members from the northwestern part of the province favour the western highway leading from Moose Jaw north. I am sorry the hon. member for Melfort is not present to support me in my plea that a considerable proportion of this vote be spent to develop highways to encourage tourist traffic in the eastern part of our province right through from the international boundary to the north.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I understand that the Saskatchewan government is endeavouring to make arrangements with the Department of Finance to borrow money, which we are empowered to lend them under the act administered by the Minister of Labour. We have not yet received the program or suggestions for a program from the government of Saskatchewan for expenditure under this vote. Under the arrangements with the provinces, they have to duplicate dollar for dollar the amount we provide, and the procedure is that the province shall submit for our approval its recommendations where they wish money

to be spent. Possibly they have deferred sending forward their program because they do not yet know just what amount of money they will have to expend.

I quite agree with the observations made by the hon. member for Qu'Appelle. All along I have held strongly to the view that the important thing in developing our tourist traffic is to get good roads from the international boundary into the northern parts of our provinces, and this is particularly true of the western provinces. The most attractive part of Saskatchewan from the tourist point of view, with the exception perhaps of Qu'Appelle valley and the area in the Moose Mountain district, is the more northerly part, where you find streams and lakes and rivers and forests, an ideal state of nature for those who love the outdoors. The same is largely true of Manitoba.

So far as this vote is concerned, I would remind the committee that last year was the first time that we had an appropriation for general assistance by this parliament in the development of tourist roads, and I am glad that the amount is increased this year. As time goes on the impression deepens in the minds of the Canadian people that we have an asset in our tourist possibilities which can be developed, probably to a very considerable extent. I know of no class of business that is better for the country. From present indications the outlook is that we shall have a large tourist business from the United States this year. We have alongside our border a country with 125 to 130 million people, many of whom are accustomed to travelling. Considerable numbers of those who have been accustomed to go to Europe, I am informed, will not be going this year because of the uncertainty of conditions there, so that we can look forward to a large tourist business from the United States. It is well worth while for the Canadian people to study the development of the tourist business.

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

Any money spent in assisting in the development of tourist roads is money well spent. How much will be expended in Saskatchewan under this vote?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

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LIB

Thomas Bruce McNevin

Liberal

Mr. McNEVIN:

What amount of this vote will be spent in Ontario?

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May 30, 1939