George Robert WEBB

WEBB, George Robert

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Leeds (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 10, 1886
Deceased Date
July 20, 1958
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Webb_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=686326dd-c032-4d91-8ff8-d31cd52fe2a8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
insurance agent

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Leeds (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 16)


June 11, 1948

Mr. WEBB:

It is receiving consideration?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE
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June 11, 1948

Mr. WEBB:

I do not wish to take up a great deal of time on this matter now, although I feel it is a most important one, especially for the particular area from which I come. I am not criticizing in any way, shape or form. With the staff available, and the facilities they have for handling this large business, as it is at the present time, I think the bureau is doing a good job. In a speech in the house here some time ago it was suggested, I think by the hon. member for Lambton West, that a separate department should be set up. Later on, speaking on the same subject, I myself suggested a commission. I fully realize that this is a big job. I want to pay tribute to Mr. Leo Dolan, director of the travel bureau, who is serving this country well, not only in his operations in this country but in all his travels. I think he is doing a marvellous job for us wherever he goes. Recently I think he did a magnificent job in going to the United States when we were having a little bit of difficulty with our exchange problem, and when we were being threatened with a boycott of money coming into Canada. I followed that matter up, and I think Mr. Dolan did a grand job there. He was able to overcome many difficulties.

Supply-Trade and Commerce

However, I still have a strong feeling that with the amount of work which comes under the Department of Trade and Commerce this is a big item to come under its jurisdiction, unless there could be some way of setting up a commission or at least a commissioner. 11 Mr. Dolan carried with him a title similar to that of deputy minister, I think it would be of great advantage to him in approaching the people of other countries, and would pay off well in Canada. Not only that, but it would give him an approach when meeting provincial and other governments.

Coming back to the actual department, it would seem to me, that if he were in a position of more power to carry this message to the people about this important business, it would be something worthwhile to this country. I make that as a constructive suggestion, and not in any other way. Is the department giving any consideration to methods whereby this great industry of ours will be taken care of, by possibly giving it more stress and placing it in a position of greater importance than it has occupied in the past?

I have gone into this matter of advertising. I looked up all the different magazines and the different methods of advertising our country and I do not know that I have so much criticism with regard to that matter. But I make the suggestion that a personal contact, either through Mr. Dolan or an assistant to him, in other countries, would be worth a good deal. I believe one personal contact with a group of businessmen in those respective communities is worth a great deal more than advertising that will cost considerably more money. I feel that there is nothing like personal contact when it comes to advertising our goods. Therefore I would make that suggestion; and I should like to have the minister, if he will, comment on it at this time.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE
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June 11, 1948

Mr. WEBB:

I think it is pretty well agreed that we should have more and better tourist

Supply-Trade and Commerce

accommodation. I have been approached by possibly a hundred good clean-cut returned boys who want to go into the tourist business and build cottages of some description to take care of visitors to Canada. The difficulty is they have no funds. They do not want the money given to them particularly, but they want to borrow it. Has the department ever given any consideration to setting up some sort of trust fund or mortgage board of some description through which assistance might be given these boys who have a desire to go into that business in Canada? If that were done we might build up something which might be worthwhile.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE
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June 9, 1948

Mr. WEBB:

Is this all the dredging that is proposed to be done this year on the St. Lawrence?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
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May 10, 1948

Mr. G. R. WEBB (Leeds):

After listening this afternoon to hon. members speaking about national parks, it would seem to me, Mr. Speaker, that we are pretty much in agreement as to the actual value of the parks. To you, Your Honour, to all members of this house and to the people from far and near, I want to extend an invitation to come to the province of Ontario. We have some parks in Ontario, but unfortunately not nearly enough. Since I happen to come from the most beautiful part of the province, namely, the county of Leeds right on the St. Lawrence river, I felt it my duty to rise and say a few words.

We have eleven parks but they are all islands. These are not large parks-they range from four acres to twenty-five acres-but they are valuable. As the minister tonight seems to be paying a great deal of attention to what is being said, I thought it might be wise to bring to his notice the fact that we fall far short in providing anything like enough accommodation to take care of the thousands and thousands of people who live in the United States so near to our border and who cross

National Parks Act

into our country every year. We are finding it more difficult all the time to provide accommodation to satisfy these people when they come here.

I want to suggest one or two things, and I believe the hon. member for Lanark (Mr. Blair) will agree with me in what I say. In addition to the great St. Lawrence river, we have a chain of lakes known as the Rideau lakes chain. With all due respect to the beauty of western Canada which has been expounded on, I think I can say without fear of successful contradiction that we have the most beautiful part of Canada, which is undeveloped.

In that connection I would urge that the matter of a park be taken up as soon as possible, with co-operation between the provincial government and the federal government, and that we get together and make a park. We do not want a small park. While I must admit that we cannot boast of wild animals in this particular area, I think I can say that we have plenty of wild life to satisfy anyone who wishes to go there. We have fishing. Apparently I am not going to be the last one to speak tonight, so I shall not get into the question of whether or not we have the greatest possibilities for fishing; but we certainly have wonderful opportunities. The man who speaks last always has the advantage of talking about fish, because he can always make them a little bit longer than the fellow who spoke before him. Therefore I shall not get into any competition in that respect.

I will, however, say this. In our county we can provide all kinds of entertainment, such as fishing and out-of-door life of all descriptions, that is not surpassed by any other place in Canada. The sooner the people of this country realize that we have this beautiful territory, the better it will be for the people of all parts of Canada.

We must join together and see that there is no part in the entire Dominion of Canada that has not a national park, so that when tourists come into Canada they can travel from one part of the country to the other and find that they will be well received in these parks. They must find that there are places where they will be entertained, so that they will be satisfied, in order that they will come back again. I believe we can pretty much forget the monetary side of the matter. If we treat these people right, they will come back. We must give them accommodation and make it worth their while to see our country, which is the finest country in the world.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS ACT
Subtopic:   CONSOLIDATION OF PARK DESCRIPTIONS-REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE WHEN PUBLISHED IN "CANADA GAZETTE"
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