June 26, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


What the Postmaster
General has been good enough to interject is quite true. By the exercise of careful supervision, power development can be made quite presentable, and if I were in the Banff national park, I would prefer to see there some well executed, splendidly finished engineering feat
that had the purpose of giving to mankind the benefit of a great national asset, to having the mere, crude pleasure of watching the spray at a great height. Consequently, in so far as my advice is of any value to the minister, I would say: Just as soon as he is convinced that there is real use to be made of this power site; that it is really needed, then, subject to proper restrictions, subject to proper supervision, the power should be thrown open. I do not say it should be thrown open to the Calgary Power Company necessarily. It might be the part of wisdom to assign it to the province of Alberta, but I never would assume a dog-in-the-manger policy, and with an affectation for the beautiful in nature, presume to deny to our fellow-beings the use of a great natural possession and resource of Canada.

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