Winfield Chester Scott MCLURE

MCLURE, Winfield Chester Scott

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
March 16, 1875
Deceased Date
June 18, 1955
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_McLure
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c638ba68-559c-40ce-ac85-82aa844a881c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broker, teacher, trader

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 303)


May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

In connection with that

matter, I might say that the figures given by the minister as to the size of the herd at the present time do not correspond with the take-off. The take-off of pelt has gone down each year. According to last year's report, and as I had information from one member of the research party, it is now more difficult to make a selection of skins owing to some form of disease that is in 68108-332i

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the herd that arrives there from time to time.

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Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

I should like to say a word on behalf of the fishermen of my constituency. I can say to the minister and to the officers of his department that this scheme will give to our fishermen some protection similar to that which farmers and other are getting. Representations have been made on this from

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time to time. While we cannot expect every detail of this scheme to be worked out to the entire satisfaction of all at this time, I do believe that the scheme which is outlined by the minister will be a real start on something that will be of great interest to the small liner and to the larger fishermen as well.

As I said at the beginning, I wish to congratulate the minister and his officers for putting this scheme on trial, and I am sure that hon. members who are interested in the fisheries of their constituencies will give every support and co-operation to the minister in working out the details.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SELECTED STATISTICS ON CANADIAN COAL MINING BASED ON REPORTS BY DOMINION BUREAU OF STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND DOMINION COAL BOARD
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

The same amount will be

paid to Prince Edward Island?

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Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

As I said, our contract of 1873 reads that we should have these and other things in comparison with other provinces in Canada. You cannot deny us that right according to our agreement and until we do

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get it you will hear from me as long as I am here.

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

I am glad to know that the request I have made for a good many years has been followed out, and that is you are going to have all the skins processed in one place, no matter where that place is. I notice that during 1952 the skins were all processed by one concern, so that there is going to be a uniform processing and a uniform type of skin instead of the type we have been receiving on the market for the last few years. Although these skins were all stamped the same, they were not the same price. The minister says we made $800,000 last year, but if the skins had been all processed at one place we would have made over a million dollars. Seven or eight years ago I made the statement in this house that more than a million dollars should be made every year from this source.

However, there is some difficulty in this industry now, and I should like to get some information from the department about it. It seems that the seal herd is not increasing. As a matter of fact, within the last couple of years research workers have found a tremendous mortality amongst the pups. It has been ascertained that the mortality rate almost equals 25 per cent of the pups. I hope that the fisheries department will co-operate with the United States in connection with research work to find out more about the seal herd. I notice that within the last two years they have commenced to brand and tag the herd, but as yet they have been unable to find out where any of these animals go after they leave the Pribilof islands or where they come from when they arrive at those islands. The important thing is to see if the seals can be protected when they are leaving the islands.

I believe there are a couple of other nations who are taking a big toll out of these animals in the different seas. I understand that negotiations are under way with Japan to see if that country will refrain from poaching as much as they have been in the past. I only raise these points because years ago the fisheries department neglected the seals and in 1944-45 only had about $160,000 of revenue from that source. As I say, if the industry is properly handled it should bring in a revenue of over a million dollars, that is unless the herd goes below a take-off of some 65,000 skins. I should like to draw

to the minister's attention that Japan is anxious to get back in on the treaty. According to the treaty 80 per cent of the take goes to the United States and 20 per cent to Canada. I want to ask the minister not to allow Japan back in, that is if we have to give up any of our 20 per cent, because this is a revenue upon which you can depend for years. Mistakes were made some years ago when Canada had the opportunity of buying the whole herd. We neglected that, and since that time the United States has made over $40 million of net profit after buying the herd. We are now receiving 20 per cent, but I would urge upon the department to investigate the mortality amongst the young pups and to give every protection to the herd while coming to or leaving the Pribilof islands.

Another thing I want to mention is that you should continue to get the skins processed in one place. In looking up what happened last year, I find that on last years' sales there was a difference of $56 on the skins that were processed otherwise than in the St. Louis market. Anyone who attended those sales can easily see the reason why the difference has occurred. Let me repeat again: Be sure and take your skins from

the Pribilof field for processing in the one place, as long as they have a process equal to that of the Fouke Fur Company of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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