February 28, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I was about to ask whether there had been anything done to define our rights in the fisheries, under the decision of the Privy Council. A few years ago the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council decided that the fisheries belonged to the provinces with the exception j of some ocean fisheries, and we naturally 1 expected that there would be a reduction

in the cost of looking after them. Last year, however, there was an increase in the item of salaries and disbursements of fishery inspectors, overseers, and guardians amounting to $15,000, instead of a decrease, and I notice that this year the item is $85,000, the same as last. Has the government reached any agreement with the provinces as to the rights we have or the duties we are required to perform ? And would it not be possible to reduce the expenditure on this item in view of the fact that the fisheries have been declared to be the property of the provinces ? There ought to be some understanding between the Dominion and the several provinces on this matter.

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