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
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.
Subtopic: SELECTED STATISTICS ON CANADIAN COAL MINING BASED ON REPORTS BY DOMINION BUREAU OF STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND DOMINION COAL BOARD