On the orders of the day:
Mr. W. G. EiRNST (Queens-Lunenburg):
I desire to direct the attention of the government to a Canadian Press despatch that appears in this morning's papers-I am reading from the Montreal Gazette of this morning's date. I do not purpose reading the whole despatch but merely two paragraphs:
Paragraph 717 of the existing or old law-
This has reference to the proposed United States tariff regulations or revisions.
Paragraph 717 if the existing or old law, imposes a duty of 2 cents a pound on "fish, fresh, frozen or packed in ice-such as halibut, salmon, mackerel and swordfish," with one cent a pound on other fish "not specially provided for".
The new bill keeps substantially the same rates but adds a provision for 2J cents a pound on fish which is filleted, skinned, boned, sliced or divided into portions. It also provides for 2J cents a pound on dried and unsalted fish, of cod, haddock, hake, pollock, and eusk and If cents on other dried and unsealed fish.
C.N.R.-Grain Elevator at Port Huron
In view of the very serious effect such a provision must have on at 'least two branches of the fishing industry in Canada, namely, the fillet trade and the dried fish industry,
I would like the government to lay on the table of the house all conventions between this country and the United States with respect to' fisheries .