The object of the amendment made to this section by the Private Bills Committee is simple. * It is to limit the time within which the order provided for in this Bill may be granted. If the necessary steps are not taken in six months the order provided for is not to be granted.
Subtopic: PATENTS OF SIEGFRIED GIRONCOLI.
I might bring to the notice of the House the fact that in 1891 an amendment was passed providing for the publication of the rules in the ' Gazette ' :
The Governor in Council may, from time to time, make such regulations as he deems necessary or expedient respecting the payment of the said grant and the manner in which applications tor the same or any portion shall be made and established, and may require persons applying for the grant or any portion thereof to verify their claims or any statements made by any person in connection therewith, upon oath ; and any such regulation shall, after publication in the * Canada Gazette,' have the force of law.
creasing at the rate of from $25,000 to $50,000 a year ; and if the fishermen in Prince Edward Island have to depend upon the Liberal administration to carry on the affairs of Prince Edward Island without a deficit, and to leave an amount over for the payment of the bounties which we want extended to the lobster fishermen, they will come out at the' short end of the horn ; and I consider that we have a right to a statement from the Minister of Marine and Fisheries on this occasion as to the exact position this question is in before the government.^ I know that the representatives of the different provinces have been here on three or four occasions, and I have it on very good authority that an arbitration is1 to be held to decide the share to which each province is entitled. The hon. minister) shakes his head. Would he be good enough, then, without my plying him with questions, to make a statement as to what stage this matter has reached ?
We will have to wait until the question is decided. This is a question in reference to which legal authorities have held different opinions ever since the fishery award was paid. The late Minister of Justice took strong ground, that the money belonged to the provinces, and Mr. Dickey, who was Minister of Justice ill the Conservative government, also held the same view. The question is open to argument. After it is decided it will be time for the Dominion government to consider whether or not they will continue to pay the bounties to the fishermen. There is one suggestion which the hon. gentleman (Mr. Lefur-gey) makes, and in reference to which I am in entire accord with him. I believe strongly that bounties should be paid to the lobster fishermen in certain cases. In the earlier days, the lobster fishermen did not receive bounties because the boats in which they fished were generally owned by the lobster packers, and they made a good deal of money out of the business. However, at the present day a great number of the lobster fishermen own their own boats, and as the lobster fishery is not so remunerative as formerly the bounty would help them a great deal. The suggestion of the hon. member for East Prindfe (Mr. Lefur-gey) is well worthy the consideration of the minister, and especially so when we find that the payments made to the fishermen of Prince Edward Island, as compared with those made to the fishermen of Nova Scotia, are very small indeed. It has been small for the last twenty or thirty years.
I would like the minister to consider that aspect of the matter.