Mr. J. R. MacNICOL (Davenport) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 2, respecting the Jack Miner National Wild Life Day.
He said: I deem it a high privilege to move the introduction of this bill, seconded I may say by another great friend of the late Jack Miner, the hon. member for Cochrane (Mr. Bradette), which proposes that April 10 be proclaimed as The Jack Miner National Wild Life Day. It would seem to me that April 10 is a fitting day on which to initiate and proclaim such an act. At that time of the year all varieties of insectivorous birds return to Canada from their winter resting place in the south. Everyone knows the value of insectivorous birds to the country's production. At the same time these great wild fowl, the Canada goose, and ducks as well, are leaving their southern winter home and flying back to our own* Arctic ocean area to nest. I cannot do better than quote what the late and celebrated Irvin S. Cobb said with reference to the la,te Jack Miner, because many words at this stage of the bill would be superfluous. Mr. Cobb said of Jack Miner that he was "the greatest practical naturalist on this planet." He was indeed the greatest conservationist of wild life on this planet, and in his memory I am very happy to move the introduction of this bill. I heard Jack Miner say on more than one occasion: "I am not so much interested in the number of spots on the woodpecker's tail as I am in the preservation of the species." That was his life work-' conservation. He was Canada's greatest conservationist, and April 10, when the birds are coming back, would be a fitting time for schools, humane societies and other organizations interested in wild life to inform their pupils or members of the value to Canada of wild life conservation.
< Motion agreed to .and bill read the first time.