July 14, 1947

PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLURE:

I think the minister might give the committee a little information with regard to this item. It is a revenue-producing item and it would be worth while for the committee to hear about it.

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LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. H. F. G. BRIDGES (Minister of Fisheries):

This item has already been mentioned in previous years. As a matter of fact, it is the only branch of the fisheries department which makes a profit of any kind, and it arises out of the pelagic sealing treaty between Canada and the United States. Under the agreement, in the wording of this appropriation, Canada receives twenty per cent of the fur seal skins taken annually at the Pribilof islands. In 1946 the total take was 64,523 skins, of which Canada's share was 12,905. Of this number, 3,230 have been sent to London and 9,675 to St. Louis for processing and dyeing. This appropriation provides for the expense of transportation to and from processing plants, for processing and dyeing, for customs duty and taxes, for auctioneer's fees, and miscellaneous items such as Canada's share of blubbering costs, packing barrels, et cetera. In 1946-47 the net revenue to the Department of Fisheries was $446,835.93. In addition to that, there was the revenue to the Department of National Revenue.

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Item agreed to. 88. To provide for the destruction of harbour seals, $30,000.


PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLURE:

What is the amount of bounty paid for the destruction of harbour seals?

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LIB

Item agreed to. Special



89. To provide for the extension of educational work in cooperative producing and selling among fishermen, $56,000.


LIB

Andrew Wesley Stuart

Liberal

Mr. STUART (Charlotte):

I think this is the only item under which I can speak about supervision. During the past few years, particularly during the war-

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LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRIDGES:

On what point is the hon. member speaking?

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LIB
LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRIDGES:

I think the hon. member can find an item in the supplementary estimates under which he.can speak on that subject.

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LIB
LIB

Item agreed to. Special- 90. To provide for the administrative expenses of the Fisheries Prices Support Act, 1944, $60,000.


CCF

Frederick Samuel Zaplitny

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. ZAPLITNY:

What amounts have been paid out under the Fisheries Prices Support Act, 1944, and to whom have they been paid?

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LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRIDGES:

Nothing has been paid out to date.

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CCF

Frederick Samuel Zaplitny

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. ZAPLITNY:

Has the act been put into operation?

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LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRIDGES:

As yet the act has not been put into operation. It will be put into operation in the course of a day or two.

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Mr. COLD WELL@

Has the board been appointed?

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LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRIDGES:

The board will be

appointed in the course of a day or two. No doubt it would have been appointed before, but I must confess I was a little bit tired of hearing of anything we did alleged as being done in connection with the Halifax byelection. The appointments will be announced in a day or so.

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July 14, 1947