Gordon Francis HIGGINS

HIGGINS, Gordon Francis, Q.C., O.B.E.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
October 8, 1905
Deceased Date
October 13, 1957
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Higgins
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=54481bbe-cafa-4aa9-823c-1bacb309f25f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 256)


May 13, 1953

Mr. Higgins:

And the cost will be split three ways?

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May 13, 1953

Mr. Higgins:

I should like briefly to review this item. First of all I would say to the minister how much we appreciated the luncheon served in the experimental kitchen of his department, and what it has done for the consumption of fish. We are truly grateful for having had this demonstration of what can be done with fish when it is handled properly. I want to say to him that I have a Canadian Press report dated April 23, headed "Hold Pork Program interferes with Fish Sales". I am not going to read it all but the suggestion is that the stockpiling of pork is interfering with the selling of fish. It goes further into the idea that the present glut in our fresh fish market is particularly caused by this pork piling, if you want to put it that way. I do wish the minister to remember that it may be perfectly all right to buy up all the pork that may be bought, but if that is going to interfere with our fish sales it should not be handled in the way it is handled. I will send this particular clipping over to the minister with the remark made by Mr. Welch, director of the fisheries council of Canada.

"I suggest the government get out of pork," replied Mr. Welch.

Well, it sounds as though we were on the pig's back, but I do not approve of it.

I am not going into the matter very far but the minister knows that Newfoundland is approaching a very new program in fisheries. I am not going to go into the massive Walsh report that the minister has referred to except to say that I think it is a very valuable report that is going to be implemented, I am sure, by the minister and the premier of Newfoundland. Again, though probably I do not see eye to eye with the premier on this matter, I want to read to the minister this quotation from a speech by the premier on January 3, 1953, as reported by the Evening Telegram of that date. The premier is talking of the new fisheries program and he says:

Of course this program will not, will most definitely not be carried out in a month or a year. If it could be carried out in a year it hardly would be worth talking about. What we want is a program that will need years and years to be carried out. Because, mark my words, what we are tackling when we tackle the fishery, is a problem that is very, very old: it was old when I was a boy; it was old when the oldest living fisherman was a boy. It always was a trouble, and that trouble is certainly not going to be cured all of a sudden.

It will take years, and it will take millions and millions of dollars.

Some of those millions will come from the Newfoundland government, some I hope will come from the Canadian government, and is it too much to hope that some will come from the Newfoundland fish trade?

I merely want to echo the words of the premier and say that I do hope, since the

Supply-Fisheries

minister has been down there and seen the problem and since his parliamentary assistant knows the problem pretty well, that we will all get together and implement this program as it should be implemented.

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May 13, 1953

Mr. Higgins:

Mr. Chairman, I want merely to add my congratulations to the minister, and to ask him if there is any change in the deal for unemployment insurance for fishermen.

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May 13, 1953

Mr. Higgins:

I wish to make one final remark and thank the minister for his remarks about the new university in Newfoundland. Would he feel it would be wise to include a course in codology down there? Maybe we could create a doctor of codology.

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May 13, 1953

Mr. Higgins:

There is just one point to which reference has been made before during the discussion of these estimates, and during the time we were discussing the amendment to the Fisheries Act. It is the question of the use of the ports in Newfoundland by foreign trawlers. I merely wanted to bring this matter to the attention of the minister again. It is important that foreign trawlers, Portuguese and others, be permitted to come in and buy what they want in St. John's. I have a letter here from a reputable person for whom I can vouch, and I should like to quote two paragraphs from it.

The trawler business is of much more value to the economy of St. John's than anyone imagines. I have obtained some figures, and might say, that more than three million dollars is spent in disbursements. The trawlers call here for coal, oil, salt, provisions, and repairs.

In addition to the money spent for the benefit of the ships, the members of the crew all spend a certain amount of money in the stores in St. John's. The captains obtain funds from the agents, and sometimes during a visit of two or three days as much as $3,000 would be spent by one crew.

Then he says:

Included in the sum referred to above was an amount of $145,000 for herring purchased, which was used for bait.

I merely draw this to the minister's attention so he will realize how important it is that foreign trawlers be allowed to come into St. John's, as they always have.

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