Mr. GLEN. CAMPBELL (Dauphin).
Before the orders of the day are called there is a matter I would like to bring to the attention of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries. In the territories northwest of Manitoba, leases of the lakes for a term of years have been granted to certain interests. Those leases, in some cases, have been transferred to an American company called the Northw-est Fish Company. No fisherman was allowed to fish unless he agreed to sell his catch to that American firm and he had to take from 1 cent to 1J cents less than the price he could get elsewhere.
I have here an affidavit from a gentleman who was a fisherman in those waters, and I wish to bring to the attention of
the government this affidavit which shows that he was not paid by this company for the fish he produced:
This is to certify that I, Isaac Bradbury, fished during the winter of 1907-8 in the waters that are covered by Captain E. D. Coffey and F. L. Merritt's leases in the Northwest Territory, and was forced to sell my catch by the government officials to the Northwest Fish Company, which is represented by Captain E. D. Coffey and F. L. Merritt, and that the Northwest Fish Company went into bankruptcy and owe me $810 from my winter's labour. And I make this solemn declaration knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and by virtue of the Canada Evidence Act of 1903.
(Signed) ISAAC BRADBURY.
Declared before me at Winnepegosis, in the province of Manitoba, this 22nd day of April. 1909.
(Signed) George O. Bellamy.
I have taken the time to make this explanation so that the Minister of Marine (Mr. Brodeur) may be seized of the situation. I would like to know if there is any possibility of the government holding up the lease and preventing this company continuing its fishing operations unless it pays the men who produce the fish. This is only one case, but there are many cases of the same nature.