Aulay MacAulay MORRISON

MORRISON, Aulay MacAulay, K.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
New Westminster (British Columbia)
Birth Date
June 15, 1863
Deceased Date
February 27, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aulay_MacAulay_Morrison
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=38240b33-fad1-4bf0-9ffe-40ef0c1ead2e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  New Westminster (British Columbia)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  New Westminster (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 24)


August 2, 1904

Mr. MORRISON.

I regret very much indeed the policy adopted by the Minister of

Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Prefontaine) concerning the salmon fishery in British Columbia. With all due deference to him and his predecessors, my opinion is-and it is backed by statistics and the results of scientific research-that the catching of salmon in trap-nets is utterly indefensible. I am sure that the minister has not in his department any evidence that would reasonably justify the course which he is adopting in this instance. The commissioner of fisheries, in roy opinion, is responsible for this grave step on the part of the government. I do not wish to shift the responsibility from the shoulders of the minister, but I know that the practical working out of these matters in the department hinges very largely on the advice of the commissioner of fisheries. Now. the commissioner, in my opinion, knows practically nothing about the requirements of the fisheries in British Columbia. That he knows very little is evidenced by his reports and his advice as to the habits of the salmon in British Columbia. He knows very little indeed,-taking the same means of arriving at a conclusion as to what he does know-he knows very little indeed as to the views of the fishermen as a whole in the province of British Columbia with respect to this important industry. The Minister of Marine and Fisheries, who has never been in British Columbia in his capacity as a minister, has stated that the majority of the people in British Columbia engaged in the fishing industry are in favour of this method of fishing. That is not the fact. The minister has evidently been so advised by the commissioner who has on several occasions gone to the province, and, in my opinion has bungled the thing in every instance, advising the minister wrongly, and, in consequence of the advice of the commissioner of fisheries, and perhaps other officials, the government have taken-this erroneous step. So far as the fishermen in the province of British Columbia are concerned, I venture to say there is not a man of them who is not opposed to trap-net fishing. The people who want to install these traps and who have succeeded to a limited extent in getting them installed, are 1he capitalists in Montreal and Toronto. Mr. Porteous of Montreal, Mr. Cronyn and Mr. Aemilius Irving of Toronto, who are controlling the British Columbia Packing Association, men who are engaged in salmon fishing in British Columbia, but who know nothing about it personally, except to the extent of making dividends and profits out of it, and exploiting this important industry to its ultimate ruin.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 2, 1904

Mr. MORRISON.

They reported against the desirability of admitting trap licenses.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT AMENDMENT.
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August 2, 1904

Mr. MORRISON.

It seems to me that the hon. member for Colchester has struck the exact point which the minister intended in the first amendment ; that is, when a licensee invests all the way from $00,000 to $100,000, it is only fair that he should have some claim to a renewal of his license after a period of nine years. Under the remarks of the hon. member for South Lanark (Mr. Haggart), that claim would be taken away, anil the government might arbitrarily refuse to renew the license, and the man's whole investment might be swept away.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 2, 1904

Mr. MORRISON.

No, I am not going to talk about bloated capitalists at all. I think we ought to encourage capital, and if there is one province in the Dominion of Canada which requires capital more than another,

it is British Columbia. But there is such a thing as getting capital at too great a cost, and in this case that is so. I do not wish to detain the House further in expressing my strong objection to this clause, and I move that all the words after ' means ' in the 49th line be struck out of subsection 2.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 2, 1904

Mr. MORRISON.

I urge that there is not sufficient evidence before the minister to justify him in making such an important amendment to the fishery laws as this clause involves. What I have been urging for a long time upon the minister is that he should visit the province himself and investigate matters before he adopts this legislation.

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