1. The federal authorities possess no proprietary rights of fishery in the Matane river. These rights belong to either the provincial government or the seigniors or riparian owners, and at present it is understood the latter are protesting against the exercise of the right to lease the fishery by the provincial government.
2. The riparian owners or whoever else may have the fishing right under lease, or otherwise, must comply with all the fishery regulations fixing times, places or methods of fishing, &c., which it is the exclusive function of the federal government to enact or provide for the regulation and protection of the fisheries.
3. None by the federal government.
4. Answered by No. 3.
INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-SUPPLY OF . ICE.
Subtopic: FISHING RIGHTS IN MATANE RIVER.
I would like to ask the right lion. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) whether there is any further information as to when the treaty between Great Britain and the United States with respect to Canada -will be laid upon the table of the House.
I would like to inquire of the government once more-I think this is the fourth occasion that I have inquired about it-with regard to the return ordered on the 15tli January with reference to royal commissions appointed by this government since 1896, their cost and the legislation arising out of the reports of these commissions. It seems to me that a long enough time has elapsed to enable the government to make that return.