February 20, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

No, you will acquit me of that. We cannot make rascals out of everybody unheard, and I am not going to be a party to it. If my hon. friend (Mr. Reid) really takes any comfort out of these insinuations I shall not quarrel with him a particle, but I say that a government must take cognizance of all the facts of the case, and while we are just as anxious as he is to protect the interests of the fishermen on the Fraser river, we cannot interfere with the American operations south of the line to which I have referred, and which undoubtedly get the major portion of the fish originating in the Fraser river. Nor can we combat with nature or overcome the depletion of the fisheries due to man's operations and the falling off of production, except to the extent that we impose regulations that will protect the fish.
My hon. friend asked a moment ago why we did not allow longer gill nets, and he suggested very skilfully that these should be allowed only outside. He knows very well that with the drift net system-he knows, as well as a few others who have had the experience-that you could send half a dozen or a dozen or fifty fishermen out of Steveston with a net twice as long as the present regulations allow. They go out into the gulf, and with the ordinary drift of the incoming tide it would not be long before the nets would be across the mouth of the river, and they would block the river.

Topic:   SUPPLY-B.C. SALMON FISHERY STATEMENT OF ME. REID ON MOTION FOR SUPPLY RESPECTING PURSE SEINE FISHING
Subtopic:   S-172P- 4S
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