April 21, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


That was one of the major factors in determining the Government to press on with that work? I listened with pleasure indeed to the minister's defence of the expenditure in connection with these parks. I can remember well when that same duty devolved on me, when I was not treated with quite the same consideration across the floor, when I was told that this expenditure was merely catering to the rich and was really not for the good of the country at all; and in my humble way I had to defend it and say that our parks were an asset for the whole country in that they brought money into Canada. I can remember as well having to adduce figures in an endeavour to show that we really obtained as much profit per acre from the rocks and mountains of our parks as from the wheat fields of Alberta. That, perhaps, would not amount to very much now 'because I have been taught to believe by hon. gentlemen to my left that there is no profit per acre on the wheat fields. Anyway if the one source of revenue fails let

the other continue. I am grateful that the minister is now able to present to a much more sympathetic audience the case that I presented before.

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