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

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

The matter of adjusting the boundary of the Elk Island park has been taken up with the Alberta government; indeed the request in the first instance came from that government to make this slight correction in order to permit them to carry through a road at a certain point. At the same time, according to my recollection, they suggested that they would give us an area at another point somewhat larger than the few acres we were asked to give up. So far as the Elk Island park is concerned, this action is the result of an understanding with the Alberta government.
As to Wawaskesy park, I said a moment ago that the Alberta legislature at its last session passed a resolution to the effect that the parks administration should either abandon this park or fence it. This park includes some forty or fifty square miles in a bend of the south Saskatchewan river, with a natural boundary on two sides. There has been some

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slight supervision given the park, costing a few hundred dollars a year, but since we have the Nemiskam park, which is a preserve for the pronghorned antelope, it is considered unnecessary to continue the Wawaskesy park. Rather than go to the expense of fencing it and providing supervision, which would involve a considerable capital outlay and a further few thousand dollars a year thereafter, we are giving up that park. No national interest will suffer in any way, because a place has been provided where this special species of antelope may be maintained.

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