May 9, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



The cash of the Waterton lakes reserve is one of the cases not provided for in the existing Act which we hope to provide for in the present Bill. The Waterton reserve is a forest reserve, the primary purpose of which is to preserve the timber growth and prevent occupation by people. Under the present Bill we propose to take power to withdraw or cut out of any forest reserve any certain area to be brought under proper regulations for occupation. Under the present Act we are not legislatively empowered to deal with the Waterton reserve ox with other like reserves as they require to be dealt with if used for purposes of recreation; but under the present Bill we shall have full authority to set apart a portion of a reserve as a place of recreation, and deal with it as may seem best. My hon. friend said something as to places of business. It may as well be Understood at the beginning that it is not proposed that these parts of reserves set apart for purposes of recreation shall be primarily places of business. There will be no business there except such as is absolutely necessary for the recreation of the people. That is the principle that is embodied in the Bill.

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