June 14, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Mr. Chairman, the purpose of this resolution is to lead up to a bill amending The National Parks Act and The Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island National Parks Act. It is necessary to make some corrections in the boundaries of the park in Prince Edward Island. As the members of the committee are aware, the gov-srnment of Prince Edward Island set aside or acquired the area that was later transferred to the dominion administration for the development of a national park in that province. This involved the acquisition of property from various individuals, and in the adjustments incidental to the acquisition of this property it is now found necessary to change in some slight particulars the boundaries of some of the areas acquired.
There is also an amendment to The National Parks Act relating to a slight change in the boundary of the Elk Island park east of Edmonton. This is a slight rectification to permit the provincial government road, which passes by the park, to take off one small corner of it, which is replaced by an addition of some thirty-five or forty acres, according to my recollection, in another part of the park.
Then there is provision for the abandonment of a park known as the Wawaskesy national park north of Medicine Hat. This was acquired quite a number of years ago for the purpose of creating a preserve for the
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pronghomed antelope in Alberta. It has never been fenced. It consisted of a sort of elbow in the Saskatchewan river. At the same time another park west and south of Medicine Hat, known as the Nemiskam park, was secured for the same purpose, and now it is felt that it is unnecessary to maintain both parks. A resolution was passed by the Alberta legislature, I think at its last session, to the effect that the Wawaskesy park should be either fenced or abandoned by the federal government. Since the other park which I mentioned a moment ago is quite sufficient, in the judgment of the park administration, for the maintenance of the pronghorned antelope, under this legislation it is proposed to abandon the Wawaskesy park and let it revert to the ownership of the province.
I believe that covers all the amendments proposed under this legislation.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT OF EXISTING LEGISLATION AFFECTING WAWASKESY, ELK ISLAND AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PARKS
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