March 5, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I would ask the Prime Minister, in the absence of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, whether any and what progress has been made in the negotiations which at one time were being carried on between the government of Canada and the provincial governments with regard to the respective jurisdictions of this government and the provincial governments over the fisheries. The Prime Minister will recollect that we had an intimation from the government last session that a certain officer was named to us as having been commissioned for the purpose of visiting the various provinces and consulting with the Ministers so as to arrange, if possible, some effective plan by which the work would be carried on by the several provincial governments or the federal government without let or hindrance and without any doubt as to jurisdiction. I made inquiry early in the session in regard to it and did not receive much information. If the Prime Minister is not able to answer to-day would he be good enough to communicate with the Minister of Marine and Fisheries and let me know as soon as possible?

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