Canada. Royal Commission investigating the fisheries of the Maritime Provinces and the Magdalen Islands

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Canada. Royal Commission investigating the fisheries of the Maritime Provinces and the Magdalen Islands

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1927-1928

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This federal Royal Commission was appointed by Order in Council on 7 October 1927 in response to depressed economic conditions in the fishing industry at a time of good catches. The commission was to investigate what could be done to increase the demand for fish, examine the price spread between the producer and consumer, determine how to further develop the inshore fisheries, examine the need for restrictions on the use of steam trawlers, review the privileges available to American fishing boats in Canadian waters and vice-versa, determine if fishing bounties should be continued, whether a system of inspection of product quality was warranted and to determine if modifications to the lobster fishery laws were needed. Alexander Kenneth MacLean, President of the Exchequer Court of Canada, was appointed as commission chair. The commissioners apppointed were Henry Ryder Locke Bill of Lockeport, Nova Scotia; the Hon. Joseph George Mombourquette (MLC) of L'Ardoise, Nova Scotia; Professor Cyrus MacMillan of Montreal and John George Robichaud of Shippigan, New Brunswick. G. Fred Pearson of Halifax was appointed as commission counsel. The commission reported on May 4, 1928.

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