April 28, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEFURGEY asked :

Referring to an official letter from the hon. the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, dated-A.pril 22nd, !J04, the following statement appears :-' In explanation of the authorization of two new lobster-canning licenses on the eastern coast of Prince Edward Island, I may say that, after carefully considering urgent representations, I recognize the fact that under the circumstances the fishermen of this particular locality were placed at a great disadvantage by reason of a practical monopoly by lobster packers, who fixed the prices to be paid for the lobsters, and compelled the fishermen to supply them on their terms.'
1. What is the usual arrangement between lobster fishermen and packers with regard to prices paid and basis of payment ? /
2. Do not packers arrange with fishermen at stated prices for lobsters delivered at factory ?
3. What was the price paid by the lobster packers in the section referred to in above letter of April, 22nd, 1904, during the season the monopoly was complained of ?
4. What were the average prices paid in other parts of Prince Edward Island during the same season ?
5. Where are the two factories, mentioned in said letter of April 22nd, 1904, on the eastern coast of Prince Edward Island, located or to be located ?
6. What are the names of the fishermen who applied for authority to pack in this section ?
7. What are the names of the fishermen who
were being coerced to dispose of their lobsters at the packers' own price ?
S. What are the names of the parties to whom said two licenses mentioned in said letter of April 22nd, 1904, were or are to be granted ?

Topic:   LOBSTER FISHERMEN AND PACKERS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.
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