May 29, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Charles Herbert Dickie

Conservative (1867-1942)


Having been a member of
the fisheries committee which considered the treaty as it was submitted last year, and having, perhaps, severely criticized it in some respects, I wish to say that the remarks of the Minister of Health with respect to any anti-Americanism tinging the considerations of that committee or any thought of such a thing, is nonsensical and untrue. There was not one anti-American thought in connection with the consideration of that treaty. I approve unhesitatingly of the treaty this year. The other treaty as submitted to us contained clauses of which we did not approve. We reasoned them out and our hon. friends oppo-

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site saw the point in our objections. Now we have a treaty which, I believe, is the best that can be devised and I am wholeheartedly in favour of it. My purpose in rising is simply to impress upon the government that the success or otherwise of the treaty will depend upon the personnel of the commission. The problems that the}' will have to consider will bristle with difficulties. Let there be appointed good strong men without regard to political persuasion, men that can resist the enormous pressure that will be brought to bear upon them, men of sound common sense, and in that case we shall rehabilitate the fisheries of the Fraser river. It will be one of the finest treaties ever entered into by the Dominion of Canada. People who live in the east do not realize what we have lost through the depletion of the salmon fisheries in the Fraser river. As a parting word, I implore the government to select good strong men for the commission and doubtless the people of the United States will do the same.

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