I should like to say a word or two with respect to this matter. I am very much surprised to hear the argument of the hon. member for Antigonish-Guysborough with respect to fishing licences. It is only as a result of eternal vigilance on the part of the fisheries department that we have any salmon on the Pacific coast at the present time. From Alaska to the international boundary we have fishery guardians at every little cove where fish run. If it were not for that fact the fishermen would catch every fish running up those streams in any year, if they could do so. We are protecting the fishermen against themselves. I have never heard very much fault found with the licences they have to secure. They are glad to see that others are licensed, and we are expending ten dollars for every one dollar we get from the fishing industry of Canada. Fishing is not at all on a parallel with the apple industry or any other branch of agriculture. We are spending that money in order to perpetuate t'he run of the salmon. Without these licences and without supervision, which costs a good deal of money each year, I can assure you that the salmon would have been
decimated long ago on the Pacific coast. It is a fight morning, noon and night on the part of those guardians to keep purse seine men and others from going in and scooping up schools of salmon just before they ascend the streams to spawn. As I said before, the present situation is due entirely to the eternal vigilance on the part of the department, and I have nothing but good to say of what has been done by the Department of Fisheries for the fishing industry on the Pacific coats.
Topic: FISHERIES ACT, 1932 POWER TO PRESCRIBE PEES FOR FISHERY LICENCES