What are the Americans doing on the Atlantic seaboard? A Canadian fishing vessel on the Atlantic seaboard cannot enter an American port in order to sell its fish; it must return to a Canadian port and transfer the fish into carriers for disposal in United States markets. What is being done in Prince Rupert? American vessels to the number of over 300 enter the port without paying anything, the fish is sold on the exchange in competition with Canadian fish, put into bond and given quick transit into the United States. This question has never been brought by the government before the United States in the right manner, and I do honestly believe that the United States government will assist in a correct settlement of this problem, one which would give to the Canadian halibut fisherman that which he is entitled to. The port of Prince Rupert and the Canadian fishermen should be treated on an equitable basis, especially when one considers that the United States is considering the raising of the duty on frozen halibut to 5 cents per pound.
We have been hearing of Japan in connection with silk, but let us consider that country from a fishing standpoint. Last year the Japanese landed in the city of Seattle 400,000 pounds of very excellent frozen halibut, which was sold at 9 cents per pound, which price included the 2 cents per pound duty. Let us
suppose that the rate suggested by the United States tariff board goes into effect-what might happen? Japan -would immediately turn her attention to Canada and it would not be very long before a serious situation might exist here. The Japanese can catch the fish, bring them across the Pacific to Seattle, and sell them for 9 cents per pound. Would the Canadian fisherman, operating a five-man boat, be able to compete with the Japanese?
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT