under the agreement that we have made, is largely being carried on by the provinces. In Prince Edward Island the Government have gone to work on a most extensive and progressive scale. They have granted leases for 5,000 acres of barren oyster beds, the people who have leased the beds are planting them with new oysters and it is expected that the oyster industry in a few years in Prince Edward Island will be restored to what it was before it was depleted, and will be a valuable asset to the province. I understand that a similar course is being adopted in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I do not think that in New Brunswick they have .gone ahead as fast as they have in Prince Edward Island. In Nova Scotia we have also entered into the same arrangement with the provincial government which practically gives them the control. Following the amendment of
the Fisheries Act of last session enabling agreements to be entered into with the provincial governments whereby they would take up the leasing of areas on which to carry on artificial culture and cultivation of oysters, agreements ere entered into with the Maritime provinces and British Columbia. The work carried on by the federal government will be limited. An experimental oyster bed was, two years ago, laid out in Richmond bay, Prince Edward Island, and the following year in Caribou harbour, Pictou county. Last year an experimental bed was started in Bay du Vin, but was not finished. It will be completed during the coming year and the oyster expert will therefore devote his time to the cleaning and improving of the public beds.
The best advertisement of Canadian oysters is that which they have received from Lord Strathcona. He has planted a bed of Prince Edward Island oysters about the island at the north of Scotland where he has his castle. The plantation has been a great success.
ago I asked for a return relative to the production of the dog fish plant at Clarke's harbour. Possibly that cannot be brought down while Parliament is in session and if not, I would request that the minister when it is completed, send it to me at Halifax.
This seems to be a new item in regard to the exhibit of fresh fish at Toronto. I suggest to the minister that they establish a fish kitchen at the exhibition, have some fresh fish cooked in a nice w'ay, sold cheaply and served to the people of Ontario so that they will get a taste of the good fish we have on the Atlantic coast. I am quite sure that if you once give them a taste of it they will not eat any more lake fish but will want our fish all the time. I think if that is carried out it will be a very good idea.
I am glad to hear my hon. friend say that because that is exactly what the department is arranging to do in addition to making the exhibit. We were approached over a year ago by the -directors of the exhibition. They wanted us to make an exhibit at the fair last year. We felt that we could not, in the time at our disposal, make an exhibit that would be a credit to the department, so declined to undertake it. After talking it over we came to the conclusion that it would be good for the exhibition and a good advertisement of our good fish as well if we had at the Toronto exhibition, which is the largest annual exhibition held on the continent of North America, a first-class exhibition of the food fishes of the country arranged in an attractive manner. It would also introduce Atlantic food fishes into the West. The officials of the department who are working out the plan have made a recommendation along the line- which has been suggested by my hon. friend from Guysborough.
Salaries, building and maintenance of fishbreeding establishments, $400,000.