June 21, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


William Roche



This Bill is the result of a treaty that was entered into between His Majesty and the United States Government a few months ago for the better protection of migratory birds. It was found that migratory birds, both game birds and insectivorous birds, that migrate from the United States to Canada and vice versa, have become very much reduced in numbers owing to the laxness and noti-enforcement of game laws, and because some of the states as well as some of the provinces of Canada had not sufficiently effective game laws. It was therefore decided that the only possible way in which these birds could be properly protected was by a treaty between the two countries. Such a treaty was entered into which has been assented to by the various states that have jurisdiction over the game laws in the United States, and by the various provinces that have jurisdiction over the game laws in Canada. There is to-day a Bill before Congress giving effect to the treaty so far as the United States is concerned, and this Bill takes similar action with regard to Canada.

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