March 7, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Clarence Jameson

Conservative (1867-1942)


I wish to call attention to the following despatch which appears in the Ottawa ' Citizen,' under date of March 5:
A rather interesting state of affairs, showing the working of the tariff on fish as between the United States and Canada, is reported from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. CitL zens of the town are now importing fish from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These fish were caught in Canadian waters last season by the Dominion Fish Company, a branch of the so-called Booth Fish trust, and put into cold storage by the A. Booth Company at the Michigan Soo.
A quarter of a cent per pound duty is paid on Canadian fish entering the United States and one cent per pound on fish coming from the United States into Canada. The unique part of the transaction is that Canadian con-Mr. PUGSLEY.
sumers at the Soo are paying one and one-quarter cents per pound in duties on fish caught in their own waters.
The duty on Canadian fresh fish going into the United States is not a quarter of a cent as stated, but one cent per pound, but owing to some elasticity in the regulations or in the consciences of those responsible for their enforcements, this duty is not, I am informed, imposed on Canadian fish which are purchased in Canada by Americans and imported into the United States in American bottoms. I wish to ask if the government' are aware of this alleged condition of affairs, if they recognize it as a serious condition and what, if any, measures they propose to take to remedy it?

Topic:   DUTY ON FISH.
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