March 22, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Harry Bernard Short

Conservative (1867-1942)


I am pleased indeed that
my colleague, the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. MacDonald), has had something to say about the beauties of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the greatest tourist province in the dominion, and I was afraid it was going to be left out of things. I was not present when this discussion first started or I would have had a word to say at that time. Nova Scotia has been catering to the tourist trade for a longer period than any other province-upwards of fifty years- and I think it is the best equipped of all provinces in the way of hotels to cater to summer visitors. We have as much as or perhaps more than any other province in the way of scenery and amusements, and I feel I should be remiss in my duty if I did not bring these things to the attention of the house.
The western part of the province is only a night's run from Boston and twenty-two hours from New York by the best class of palatial coastwise steamers. The hon. member for Cape Breton South has referred to the tuna and swordfish fishing, but in addition there are the salmon trout fisheries, the finest in the country. We have also the finest scenery in the dominion. Unfortunately we have not paved roads to offer the tourists, but we hope to have them in the near future. I am pleased that an appropriation is being made this year to provide for the advertising of the beauties of this country. Canada as a whole is a beautiful country but the greatest beauty is to be found in the maritimes, particularly in Nova Scotia.

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