February 28, 1902

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

No, but representations have been made, the matter is being investigated, and probably we will deal with it later on in the session.

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Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I call my hon. friend's attention to the fact that the hatchery at Pictou has been doing very excellent work indeed. I am informed that the officers of the department have had under consideration a very favourable report on the necessity of establishing a hatchery somewhere on the Straits of Northumberland, at or near ShemogueJ of which place we have heard; and also in the county of Gloucester, at Shippegan. I am sure the necessity must be apparent if one takes into consideration the decrease in the fishery returns in respect to lobsters. I need only invite the attention of my hon. friend to the importance of establishing such hatcheries in New Brunswick.

Fisheries protection service, including maintenance of new vessels in British Columbia, $120,000.

Mr, SPROULE. What headway has the hon. gentleman made with the new vessel they were building last year in British Columbia ?

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

It will very soon be ready for service.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I would like to ask the minister to reserve one item in these

estimates so that the higher estimates could be discussed later on, and those relative to the fisheries generally.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

I made that proposition yesterday, and I am glad to agree to it. Being new in the department, I am anxious to hear criticisms from both sides, and I am also anxious to get all the information I can on these subjects.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

My hon. friend from Fictou (Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper) I expect will be here next week. He has taken a good deal of interest in matters relative to the fishery protective service, and has made, I think, some suggestions with respect to permanently employing the crews instead of dismissing them in the fall. I do not want to discuss the matter now, but merely ask to have the matter stand.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

The greatest latitude will be given to the discussion on that or any other matter. In a very few days the supplementary estimates will be presented, when another occasion will be afforded for discussing the matter.

Canadian fisheries exhibit, $2,000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is that for ?

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

That is for caretaking and incidental expenses incurred at the exhibit on O'Connor street.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Is it for use for the purpose of improving and increasing the exhibit from time to time, or for maintenance ? ,

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

It is to be used in a practical way. There is a hatchery in operation. I would ask my hon. friend to go down and see the important work that is going on.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I saw it a few years ago and I wanted to know whether it is just the same as it was then or whether it is improving.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

It is improving.

To pay persons employed in the Department of Marine and Fisheries, for services in connection with the distribution of the fishing bounty, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act, $5,000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is the explanation of this vote ?

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

My hon. friend, perhaps, is aware of the fact that there is a large amount of this bounty to be paid out and a large number of temporary employees, altogether young ladies, are engaged about the first of the year getting out the bounty

cheques. This has been the practice ever since this bounty has been paid.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

This work is performed here in Ottawa? ,

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

Yes.

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Gilbert White Ganong

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. GANONG.

I would like to ask the hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries if the commanders of the cruisers receive any additional pay for the distribution of the bounty cheques ?

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

I am informed they are not distributed by the captains of the cruisers at all but by the fishery overseers.

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Gilbert White Ganong

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. GANONG.

That may be true in some instances, but I had some corfimunication with the department some time ago in connection with Captain Pratt, who should have paid the bounty to the fishermen several weeks sooner but did not do so, simply because he happened at the time to be away on the coast of Nova Scotia. I made the suggestion that the cheques be sent to the collector of customs at Grand Manan.

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February 28, 1902