May 30, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I shall be glad indeed to take into consideration my hon. friend's representations, but the Kingsgate Radium road, as it is called, which, under agreement with the province, we have been constructing to a hard-surfaced specification, enters British Columbia on the international boundary and ends in the national park system. The Yoho, Kootenay and Banff parks are linked together. The other road known as the Big Bend highway is a project that has been carried out by the federal government as its contribution to the trans-Canada highway in British Columbia.
My hon. friend's representations have a good deal of weight, but one finds that every section of the country, from Halifax to Vancouver, believes it has peculiar tourist attractions. It would be comparatively easy to spend a good deal of money without any great results if if were spent indiscriminately to meet the requirements of local communities. I regard this whole program of assisting in the development of tourist roads not as work extending over a year or two but as a program that should be carried out by whatever government may be in power over a period of years

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in the future until we have reached the stage where we have adequate hard-surfaced roads from the international boundary into the more northern parts of the provinces. That program must be carried out, and I think it very likely that, when these two projects are completed, my hon. friend's suggestion will receive consideration.

Topic:   GOLD CLAUSE OBLIGATIONS
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