Right Hon. L. S. Si. Laurent (Prime Minister):
I have a short announcement to make regarding Woodside, the boyhood home of the late Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King.
The Woodside property includes the old residence and about eleven acres of wooded land in Kitchener, Ontario. Plans to restore the site were made by a group of interested citizens in 1942. It was not until 1950, however, that it was possible to bring these plans to fruition. In that year the Mackenzie King Woodside trust was established as a nonprofit, non-political corporation with the purpose of restoring Woodside. Contributions were received by the trust from Canadians in many walks of life, and the trust has since carried out the physical restoration of the site at a cost of some $90,000.
Shortly after the work was started the directors of the trust approached the federal government with the suggestion that when restoration was completed Woodside be made a national historic park. This proposal was referred to the historic sites and monuments board of Canada. The board, after investigation, declared Woodside to be a site of national historic importance and recommended that it be taken over and maintained as a national historic park. The recommendation of the board was made in May, 1952. The restoration having been completed, it has now been decided to accept the offer of the trust and to take over the site as a national historic park as of April 1, 1954.
Subtopic: ESTABLISHMENT OF "WOODSIDE" AS NATIONAL PARK