Mr. SMITH (Calgary AArest):
You do not use combinations in skis. The hon. gentleman has an old pair of spring skates. Standing by this hotel over here yesterday, Sunday-that of course will not be appreciated by Quebec and Ontario members because none of them are here then-I watched people disgorging from that place by hundreds-and you have not enough snow to fill a hollow tooth. Nevertheless they were enjoying themselves. So that winter and summer these parks of ours are an asset which the department- and I 'say this with great respect-has so far failed to appreciate fully.
I mention in these extensive notes which, as I said a moment ago. I gave to the hon. member for Lake Centre, the business of fish, and here I do criticize the administration of the parks. AA7e have a fish hatchery at Banff, the only one in that- park. They have endeavoured to cover a great deal of territory. It may be they were assisted by the government of-Alberta ; I do not know. However, I have been fishing for a long time, and I have no unkind remarks to make to you fellows who fish with live minnow's or frogs or worms or anything of that sort, but you do miss the most scientific thing in the world, next to golf or billiards; that is, to cast a proper fly in a proper spot. I have been in Kamloops, from which my young friend over here comes, though he has been here for months and has not even mentioned this, and there they have the greatest fly-fishing the world knows. AVe should have it on this side of the Rocky mountains. AVhy do wp not? Because in the
Banff national park sufficient attention has not been paid to it. One need only study the number of licences issued to fishermen in the United States to see what an immense attraction it would be; but as a federal department we have been using only that little hatchery.
It has been working hard, and is operated by splendid people, but we have been supplying fish to other portions of Alberta which should be looked after by the province.
Let us go along a step further. I hope no one will think I am talking nonsense while speaking of fish in the House of Commons, because I know how stupid and foolish fishermen are supposed to be, since I am one of them myself. AA7e will go miles and miles in order to drop a fly in a certain spot; then things happen, and who knows who shall succeed?
Topic: STATEMENT OF ATTENDANCE AT THE NATIONAL PARKS