Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton):
The discussion that has developed has grown out of the consideration of an item for furthering the construction of the Big Bend portion of the trans-Canada highway along the Columbia river. A large number of the people of the prairie provinces-the central and northern parts of the prairies particularly-have their eye on a highway which they want to see built to connect them with the Pacific coast, from Jasper, the centre of the great Jasper 12739-178
national park. In this discussion I do not think it necessary to dwell on this natural ambition of the people of the prairie provinces, because we remember that the people who favour the construction of a highway from Jasper west to Vancouver recognize that it must link up with the highway in course of construction along the Columbia river. For that reason I am not pressing at the moment further consideration for the construction of a highway connecting Jasper along what is known as the Blue River route west from Jasper in the direction of Vanderhoof, south along the Canoe river or along the present right of way of the Canadian National tracks to a point on the Big Bend portion of the trans-Canada highway. That is a matter in which we are greatly interested in Alberta, in Saskatchewan and in the western provinces generally. I am induced to make these remarks particularly by reason of an observation made by the minister in referring to the motoring which a possible tourist would do in arriving at Banff. The hon. member who speaks on behalf of Banff may suggest that a highway is being constructed now from Banff to Jasper and that this will give us coast connections. That in itself will be a wonderfully scenic highway when completed, but in addition to that I would point out to the minister that we will request a highway west from Jasper direct to the main trans-Canada highway, along what is known as the Blue River route.
Topic: SUPPLY-LEAGUE OF NATIONS STATEMENT OF MR. WOODSWORTH ON MOTION OF MINISTER OF FINANCE
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OP INDIAN AFFAIRS