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


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



That is one of the difficulties of the situation, and the department is very well versed in the different sides of the question. As a settler myself,
I have had to fight the government of Canada for the right to cut timber, and 11 Mr. OLIVER. ' :
have backed other people in doing so. Nobody appreciates the value to the settler of the right to cut timber for his own use, and nobody will go further to protect him in that than I will. On the other hand, the wisdom of the country, as expressed by parliament, is that the timber shall be protected, that certain laws shall be enforced, and it is my duty loyally to carry out that expressed will. I put the matter frankly before the House, and only say that the situation is very delicate and very difficult, but we bring to the discharge of the responsibility the best information we have and the best good-will both to the settler and to the wisdom of parliament in declaring the reserve.

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