Mr. Chairman, may I congratulate the minister upon the clear-cut and comprehensive review which he has presented to this house of the activities of the Canadian travel bureau. I recall that last year when the special committee of the Senate was set up under the chairmanship of Hon. W. H. Dennis to study this question, various witnesses from all parts of this country came before that committee to give testimony. The initial meeting of the special committee was on the second day of May, 1934. The report was submitted to the Senate on the twenty-second day of May and was approved by parliament on the third of July, and a director, Mr. Dolan, was appointed on the twenty-fourth day of July. I mention these facts, Mr. Chairman, to point out that when a man of the capacity and energy of Mr. Dennis sees fit to tackle an important project he discharges his duties in an eminently satisfactory manner. I agree with the remark of the minister that Mr. Dennis is one of our public spirited citizens. He is a man of large business interests, running, as he does, the Halifax Herald, one of the most important of the daily press of the east and indeed of the dominion.
Coming from the province of New Brunswick I naturally take special pleasure in congratulating the Minister of Railways upon his selection of Mr. D. Leo Dolan as director of the Canadian travel bureau. Mr. Dolan is a native of the celestial city of Fredericton, the capital city of the fair province of New Brunswick, and in addition to other qualifications he is a convincing platform speaker. He is an outstanding organizer, a former newspaper man in the east, known in other parts of Canada, and withal he is an energetic worker. It is therefore with pardonable pride that as a former newspaper associate of Mr. Dolan in Fredericton and elsewhere, and a former official reporter of the legislative assembly of New Brunswick, I take this opportunity- to make these few observations and to express my thanks to hon. gentlemen opposite for their flattering remarks with regard to the director. Of course, I appreciate the fact that the appointment is in no sense a political one, nor is this question in any way a political issue. I submit however that this is the first time in the history of this country that the various tourist activities carried on by boards of trade, railway tourist departments and other agencies have been coordinated under one head. It is true that in the past some
work has been done by various organizations, town councils, boards of trade and chambers of commerce, but it was only last year, under the chairmanship of the committee in the other house, that a concerted effort was made to coordinate these various interests, and I think it can be said that the results already achieved indicate the wisdom of the step then taken.
It would be perhaps unfair if, in view of the remarks we have heard this afternoon regarding the beauties of particular sections of Canada, someone from the east did not rise to stress the advantages which we enjoy in that part of the country from the tourist point of view. We have in New Brunswick some of the greatest big game hunting grounds in the world; that is admitted. We have, particularly in the Miramichi and Restigouche sections of New Brunswick, probably the best rivers for salmon in eastern Canada, ideal from the angler's point of view. And in Miramichi and Tabusintac bay we enjoy the best duck, brant and goose hunting. There are also first class hotels and splendid boarding houses. I can assure my hon. friends that a characteristic Miramichi welcome awaits the visitor, and at any time that hon. gentlemen on either side of the house wish to spend a pleasant holiday we shall be quite pleased to welcome them. I can promise them a cordial reception.
I should not like to take my seat without making some further reference to the facilities for goose and brant shooting at Tabusintac bay. This is one of the ideal spots in the world for goose and brant shooting, and some of the wealthiest sportsmen in the United States make annual trips to that area for this form of recreation. The outfitters are well equipped to provide them with everything they require, and one of the best camps to be found anywhere is included in the ample accommodation.
I hope that funds will be available to the Canadian travel bureau to extend its work to the continent of Europe, because I believe that there are possibilities there for tourist traffic to Canada. I am happy to associate myself with the previous speakers in endorsing this vote, and I am glad to have had this opportunity to say a few words regarding our striking scenic beauties, our big game hunting grounds, and the facilities for shooting and fishing in New Brunswick.
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