Joseph Raymond Fournier PRÉFONTAINE

PRÉFONTAINE, The Hon. Joseph Raymond Fournier, P.C., K.C., B.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Maisonneuve (Quebec)
Birth Date
September 16, 1850
Deceased Date
December 25, 1905
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Préfontaine
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=44d0a22c-b8bf-4240-9943-1aa2f95274ee&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

July 30, 1886 - January 15, 1887
LIB
  Chambly (Quebec)
February 22, 1887 - February 3, 1891
LIB
  Chambly (Quebec)
March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
LIB
  Chambly (Quebec)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Maisonneuve (Quebec)
November 7, 1900 - November 10, 1902
LIB
  Terrebonne (Quebec)
December 9, 1902 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Maisonneuve (Quebec)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (November 11, 1902 - December 25, 1905)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Maisonneuve (Quebec)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (November 11, 1902 - December 25, 1905)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 414)


June 22, 1905

Hon. H. R. PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).

I thank the bon. gentleman (Mr. A. K. Maclean) for having brought this matter to the attention of the department. I may say that, with the few cruisers under the control of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, it is impossible to cover this large territory and make the protection as effective as we would like. The work is very extensive, and from the reports that I have received in the department it has been done pretty effectively. Up to the 1st of June I think that over 600 nets have been confiscated from Americans fishing and poaching in Canadian waters. The work is done as effectively as it can be done under the circumstances, but if there is some neglect I will certainly look into it and see that a remedy is provided. As regards the Americans getting their supplies from the Magdalen Islands, this is a new question that I am not ready to answer at the present moment, but I will look into it and try to satisfy the hon. gentleman on that point.

Topic:   AMERICAN FISHERMEN ON NOVA SCOTIA COAST.
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June 14, 1905

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).

This Bill is

to replace Bill (No. 38), which has been withdrawn. The first Bill contained only one clause, and met with a good deal of objection, as it did not provide for certain eventualities. This Bill covers entirely the ground for which the measure was asked by the shipping interests of British Columbia. I could not explain the Bill better than it explains itself.

Topic:   SEAMENS' ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 14, 1905

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

The first Bill meant simply that the dispositions of the Seamen's Act did not apply to the province of British Columbia, without giving further explanations. This Bill gives all the explanations and the way in which the measure will be acted upon.

Topic:   SEAMENS' ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 14, 1905

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

The reasons I gave when the Bill was last before the House. As regards section 7 not affecting British Columbia, if power is given to a shipping master or deputy shipping master to appoint any one to act as an intermediary to hire seamen, it makes no difference who makes the engagement. At present in British Columbia the shipping master gets only 50 cents, which is not a large enough remuneration to induce the proper men to make up crews, and the result is that the masters are obliged to go to Seattle or some other part of the United States to secure crews. They have to pay $25 or $30 to American agents to get the proper crew, because under our law they can get nobody to engage seamen. It is necessary to make the provision as broad as possible, so that anybody can do this kind of work. It is provided in section 2 that the Governor in Council shall establish a rate of fees. Of course, the Governor in Council will be guided by the recommendations of tlie boards of trade. It is at the request of the board of trade and the shipping interests of British Columbia that this is done. I understand perfectly well that the first Bill did not go far enough, and would probably have been ineffective, while this one, after being considered by the Department of Justice, has been found to meet the case.

Topic:   SEAMENS' ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 14, 1905

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

No, the Act does not mention anything about that. It provides that the shipping master, instead of being obliged to do this work, may appoint another person to make these arrangements with the seamen.

Topic:   SEAMENS' ACT AMENDMENT.
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