Mr. W. G. ERNST (Queens-Lunenburg) presented the third and fourth reports of the select standing committee on marine and fisheries as follows:
Your committee has had under consideration Bill No. 17, an Act to amend the Fisheries Act, 1932. Representations in the form of briefs have been submitted by the different interests concerned in the legislation contemplated, and a statement of the policy of the department has been made to the committee on the matter. After consideration, your committee is of the opinion that the public interest, as a whole, would not best be served by the passing of the proposed legislation.
Your committee, therefore, has agreed to report, on division, that the necessity for the amendment to the Fisheries Act, 1932, as contained in Bill No. 17, has not been proven to the satisfaction of your committee and should not be passed.
Your committee has had under consideration the following resolution, referred to your committee by the house on Wednesday, February 6th:-
_ "That,' in the opinion of this house, in the interests of the fishermen of Nova Scotia, no permits should be granted on renewed with those who own and operate beam trawlers in the province of Nova Scotia."
Your committee has agreed to report that, whereas the royal commission on price spreads and mass buying has investigated the subject matter of the said resolution and made a report thereon, which may be the subject of discussion and consideration by parliament, your committee is of the opinion that no useful purpose would be served by further investigation of the said matter by your committee at the present session of parliament.