Mr. Chairman, I do not intend to refer to the beauties of Nova Scotia, which are very well known, but I do intend 92582-127*
to refer to beauties which are not so well known and which perhaps need some advertising. I have in mind the Turtle Mountain forest reserve which is located in my constituency and within which is the International Peace Garden of America. This peace garden is situated partly in the American state of North Dakota and partly in the province of Manitoba, and is the only peace garden on the continent. Its site was selected by international representatives who endeavoured to choose the most suitable place on the continent at which to locate an international peace garden. There is a highway running along one side of the garden. In the United States this highway is an all-weather road and it is hoped that this same condition will soon apply to the Canadian portion. Last year more than 8,500 persons entered this port.
I bring up this matter at this time in an effort to interest the government and others in the International Peace Garden. A portion of this vote should be used in an endeavour to attract the tourist trade to this garden. Its site was selected by a committee composed of members of the National Association of Gardeners of America, the largest horticultural association on the continent. Last year a group of 250 men was employed by the federal government of the United States to work in the American portion of the garden. This was possible because of assistance from the federal government which we in Canada have not been able to obtain. This is because of a lack of cooperation between the provincial and dominion governments. I should like to see a work camp established in this area. The Turtle Mountain forest reserve is close to the drought area of the province of Manitoba where the dominion government is spending a considerable amount in the way of relief. If it is not possible to establish a work camp within the garden, it should be established within the Turtle Mountain forest reserve. Reforestation or other work would prove helpful to the people and at the same time act as an attraction to the tourist trade. I think the provincial government should transfer at once the property which it has promised to transfer. I should like to request the minister to see that all maps issued by his department indicate plainly the present location of the International Peace Garden, which demonstrates better than anything else the fact that for one hundred years there has been peace between Canada and the United States. This fact has been brought to the attention of the house by many hon. members, and I trust an effort will be made to establish a work camp, either in the reserve or in the garden, to provide employment and increase
the attraction to the tourists who come to this area all the way from Mexico city in the south and northern Manitoba in the north.
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