June 27, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Isaac Duncan MacDougall

Conservative (1867-1942)


Are we clearly to
understand under clause 6 that there are really needy fishermen who need this assistance who are going to be excluded because they have no land to give as security for a mortgage? I may say to this committee that when I entered this house first in 1925 I was the first man from the province of Nova Scotia to advocate long term loans for fishermen. There was an act at that time which had been passed by a previous government extending long term loans to farmers, and I very strongly advocated then that loans be extended to fishermen both on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and I think I was supported in that contention by some other members from the province of Nova Scotia. I did not visualize at that time that we would have before any parliament this bill as it is now before this house. I am of the honest opinion that this bill will not help at least eighty per -cent of the shore fishermen of my province, if section 6 be not amended.

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