George Manning MCDADE

MCDADE, George Manning, LL.B.

Personal Data

Conservative (1867-1942)
Northumberland (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
January 7, 1893
Deceased Date
May 25, 1966
barrister, journalist

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
  Northumberland (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 13)

April 15, 1935


I was paired with the hon. member for Laprairie-Napierville (Mr. Dupuis). Had I voted I would have voted for the motion.

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April 9, 1935


I was paired with the

hon. member for Laprairie-Napierville (Mr. Dupuis). Had I voted, I would have voted against the amendment.

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March 6, 1935


Mr. Chairman, may I congratulate the minister upon the clear-cut and comprehensive review which he has presented to this house of the activities of the Canadian travel bureau. I recall that last year when the special committee of the Senate was set up under the chairmanship of Hon. W. H. Dennis to study this question, various witnesses from all parts of this country came before that committee to give testimony. The initial meeting of the special committee was on the second day of May, 1934. The report was submitted to the Senate on the twenty-second day of May and was approved by parliament on the third of July, and a director, Mr. Dolan, was appointed on the twenty-fourth day of July. I mention these facts, Mr. Chairman, to point out that when a man of the capacity and energy of Mr. Dennis sees fit to tackle an important project he discharges his duties in an eminently satisfactory manner. I agree with the remark of the minister that Mr. Dennis is one of our public spirited citizens. He is a man of large business interests, running, as he does, the Halifax Herald, one of the most important of the daily press of the east and indeed of the dominion.

Coming from the province of New Brunswick I naturally take special pleasure in congratulating the Minister of Railways upon his selection of Mr. D. Leo Dolan as director of the Canadian travel bureau. Mr. Dolan is a native of the celestial city of Fredericton, the capital city of the fair province of New Brunswick, and in addition to other qualifications he is a convincing platform speaker. He is an outstanding organizer, a former newspaper man in the east, known in other parts of Canada, and withal he is an energetic worker. It is therefore with pardonable pride that as a former newspaper associate of Mr. Dolan in Fredericton and elsewhere, and a former official reporter of the legislative assembly of New Brunswick, I take this opportunity- to make these few observations and to express my thanks to hon. gentlemen opposite for their flattering remarks with regard to the director. Of course, I appreciate the fact that the appointment is in no sense a political one, nor is this question in any way a political issue. I submit however that this is the first time in the history of this country that the various tourist activities carried on by boards of trade, railway tourist departments and other agencies have been coordinated under one head. It is true that in the past some


work has been done by various organizations, town councils, boards of trade and chambers of commerce, but it was only last year, under the chairmanship of the committee in the other house, that a concerted effort was made to coordinate these various interests, and I think it can be said that the results already achieved indicate the wisdom of the step then taken.

It would be perhaps unfair if, in view of the remarks we have heard this afternoon regarding the beauties of particular sections of Canada, someone from the east did not rise to stress the advantages which we enjoy in that part of the country from the tourist point of view. We have in New Brunswick some of the greatest big game hunting grounds in the world; that is admitted. We have, particularly in the Miramichi and Restigouche sections of New Brunswick, probably the best rivers for salmon in eastern Canada, ideal from the angler's point of view. And in Miramichi and Tabusintac bay we enjoy the best duck, brant and goose hunting. There are also first class hotels and splendid boarding houses. I can assure my hon. friends that a characteristic Miramichi welcome awaits the visitor, and at any time that hon. gentlemen on either side of the house wish to spend a pleasant holiday we shall be quite pleased to welcome them. I can promise them a cordial reception.

I should not like to take my seat without making some further reference to the facilities for goose and brant shooting at Tabusintac bay. This is one of the ideal spots in the world for goose and brant shooting, and some of the wealthiest sportsmen in the United States make annual trips to that area for this form of recreation. The outfitters are well equipped to provide them with everything they require, and one of the best camps to be found anywhere is included in the ample accommodation.

I hope that funds will be available to the Canadian travel bureau to extend its work to the continent of Europe, because I believe that there are possibilities there for tourist traffic to Canada. I am happy to associate myself with the previous speakers in endorsing this vote, and I am glad to have had this opportunity to say a few words regarding our striking scenic beauties, our big game hunting grounds, and the facilities for shooting and fishing in New Brunswick.

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February 4, 1935

Mr. G. M. McDADE (Northumberland):

May I be permitted to make a few observations with regard to the resolution of my hon. friend the ex-Postmaster General (Mr. Veniot). We have on the east coast of New

(Mr. Veniot.]

Brunswick what is admittedly the best dry salt cod fishing in the maritime provinces. Along with lobster, salmon, smelts and oyster fishing, this industry serves to employ a large proportion of our people, and on the north Shore of New Brunswick, particularly what is known as the Miramichi district, in numbers employed fishing is second only to our great basic industry.

With the terms of the resolution as drafted one must be in reasonable accord, but it is to be regretted that those engaged in the fishing industry have not seen fit to take advantage not only of the regulations already existing in respect to the matter of bait but particularly of the legislation adopted at the last session of parliament when the Natural Products Marketing Act was placed upon the statute books. Unfortunately the fishing industry on the east coast of New Brunswick, as is well known to the hon. member for Gloucester, is really as to ownership and marketing facilities concentrated in the hands of a few large firms, who, I may say with great respect and deference, are not doing justice to the fishermen so far as the price for their catch is concerned. Take for instance the price paid for smelts to-day-and in this connection I may say with some considerable satisfaction that the Miramichi is the greatest smelt fishing river in the world. The price to the fishermen is only five cents per pound on the ice, while in the towns, the local domestic market, the price exacted is fifteen cents per pound, and smelts, as is well known, demand a high price on the Boston and New York markets. Therefore I say in all sincerity, and I am sure hon. members will agree with me, that those engaged in this industry should take advantage of the provisions of the marketing act. In this connection a campaign of education is essential. Members from Nova Scotia will appreciate the importance of the work accomplished in 1929 by Doctor Coady in his capacity as organizer in forming various cooperative societies in that province. Unfortunately the work of organization in New Brunswick did not commence until the winter of 1929, and due to transportation facilities being unfavourable at that time Doctor Coady was forced to abandon the work, which has not since been prosecuted.

May I commend to the acting Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Stirling) the advisability of studying, if he will, the question of organizing cooperative societies among the fishermen along the east coast of New Brunswick, and

Deep Sea Fisheries

particularly of the county of Northumberland. I notice in the estimates a vote of $4,050 to the United Maritime Fishermen's Association, subject as to expenditure to provisions to be enacted by the governor in council. May I suggest that a fair and equitable proportion of this vote might be well expended in the promotion of a campaign to organize cooperative societies on the north shore of New Brunswick. In this connection, if his services are easily obtainable, as I believe they will be, I know of no more outstanding and eminent authority than Doctor Coady, who did such excellent work along that line in Nova Scotia in 1929. At the same time I should like to pay tribute to Mr. Mclnerney, a former north shore boy, who is now acting secretary of the United Maritime Fishermen's Association. I should like also to congratulate the minister upon the good work achieved by the officials of his department, notably Colonel A. L. Barry, who is the supervisor on the north shore. However, I believe that a great deal of the difficulty our fishermen are experiencing could be solved by cooperative marketing. I am confident that if a campaign of education along this line were undertaken, excellent results would follow. It would at the same time furnish the opportunity of educating the people as to the necessity of respecting the existing regulations, because between illegal fishing and the lack of cooperative marketing the great fishing industry is suffering severely.

I do not know that I favour the idea of the department establishing a number of refrigerator plants, I believe that if private enterprise were properly directed-I mean the larger fishing concerns-they would make the necessary expansion. But as to the condition of those engaged in cod fishing, I concur in the remarks of the hon. member for Gloucester. I would respectfully urge upon the department the necessity of instituting some campaign along the lines indicated, and particularly of adding a rider that part of the proposed vote of $1,050 for the United Maritime Fishermen's Association be applied towards the expense of the organization of cooperative societies on the north shore of New Brunswick.

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February 4, 1935


That is because they are organized.

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