Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Fisheries) :
In reply to the question of my hon.
friend from Gloucester (Mr. Yeniot) I may say that the regulations in question were proposed following a conference which was held at Ottawa in February. That conference was attended by upwards of thirty persons representative of every phase of the fishing industry, and the conclusions reached are substantially those embodied in the regulations. It has transpired that objections have been raised since the regulations have been announced due I think chiefly to objections arising with respect to the date of the opening of the fishing season. The question has become more acute by reason of the fact that this year promises to be an earlier year with respect to fishing than has any year within the last fifty. In view of objections which have been raised the deputy minister has been instructed to proceed immediately to the province of New Brunswick for the purpose of a further conference with those representing the industry. If it appears after such further inquiry that any hardships will result to the fishermen and to the industry, the question of modification or of postponing the application of the regulations as proposed will be favourably considered.
Subtopic: COMPLAINTS RESPECTING EFFECTS OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS