On June 30 when the minister's estimates were, before the committee he referred to the brief presented by the united maritime fishermen's association, and in referring to it he said, as reported on page 4416 of Hansard:
The brief presented to us by the united fishermen says that they do not want the unrestricted use of trawlers, meaning that they do not want the trawlers to fish anywhere. We are going to see, through the system of granting a licence, that the trawlers fish far away from the shore.
I think the minister has misinterpreted the brief presented by the united maritime fishermen's association. Their brief reads:
Clearly then the unrestricted use of trawlers is inimical to the interest of the inshore fishermen, and on behalf of its members this association must continue its opposition to them.
The unrestricted use to which they refer there is not only the unrestricted use of the fishing grounds but unrestricted use in so far as the number of beam trawlers is concerned. It is important that we be seized of that difference. The reason why the united maritime fishermen are opposed to -the beam trawler is that it affects a large number of fishermen, and an increase in the number of beam trawlers tends to put fishermen out of business and centralize the industry in two or three places in Nova Scotia, Halifax and Lunenburg for example. I hope that the minister will not continue with that interpretation.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES