All except Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Six provinces have cooperated actively and have all signed renewals of their agreements.
I think it should be remembered that all provinces are not in the same position as Ontario and Quebec in respect of looking after their own needs; and it has been found by those provinces which participate that they secure a contribution which enables them to assist in their own work. They have also found the services of the council and the national director useful in connection with the development of their own programmes.
The hon. member asked for the distribution between the provinces. During this fiscal year the distribution was as follows: Nova Scotia, $6,747.50; Manitoba, $2,692.44; Saskatchewan, $17,044.65 and Alberta $23,070.53. Payments to British Columbia and Prince Edward Island do not come within this fiscal period, although they obtain their payments in accordance with the arrangement.
Perhaps I might interrupt at this point. I understand the basis of allotment among the provinces is a per capita basis. The second province mentioned by the minister, if I followed correctly, was Manitoba, with an allotment of something over $2,000.
But the province draws down from the fund only on a fifty-fifty basis with the amount it spends. If a province spends a dollar on purposes set out in the regulations, it can then draw down a dollar from the fund. They do not necessarily draw the maximum. These are the actual expenditures. The amount of salary of the national director is $5,000.
I believe that covers the questions which have been asked.
Perhaps my colleague would forgive my interrupting at this point, because I believe I am the author of this national fitness programme. I regret very much that three of the provinces of Canada have not joined in the great national scheme.
Those of us particularly who come from British Columbia are keenly aware of the wonderful results effected by the Pro-Rec scheme, which was commenced under the provincial government of that province, and is now supplemented and buttressed by the provisions of the national physical fitness programme. The idea behind it was to follow what was done in Norway, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and other countries of Europe before the last great war, and to train our young men in physical fitness and give them all the benefits of the courses which were suggested and prepared. I believe that great work has already been accomplished under this legislation, and I hope that in future it will continue.
Yes, indeed. I am sure the hon. member for Vancouver South has seen the classes in the open spaces around Vancouver, the parks. He has seen the men,
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women and school boys from universities and colleges take training in physical fitness. This builds up the morale of our people, and this physical fitness is always identified with intellectual and social morale.
The agreements of three of the provinces expired this year, two in January and one in April. These are British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. Have all those provinces renewed their agreements?