711.428/553

The British Appointed Ambassador ( Grey ) to the Secretary of State

Sir: With reference to the recent conference held between United States officials and Sir Douglas Hazen in connection with various fisheries questions pending between the United States and the Government of Canada, I have the honour to transmit to you, herewith, copy of a draft treaty which I have received from the Governor General of Canada.25 I should be much obliged if you would be good enough to inform me in due course whether the terms of this draft are acceptable to the United States Government.

In this connection I have the honour to enclose a copy of a Minute of the Canada Privy Council, dated the 27th of September, which has I understand already been communicated by Sir Douglas Hazen to your Department. It will be observed that in this Minute the Government of Canada express the view that it is important to make the full fish supply of the adjacent waters of the two countries freely available for the people of both countries, and recommend that the arrangement now proposed for the free shipment of fresh fish should be extended to fish packed in ice, canned, salted or preserved in any form, and also shell fish of all kinds, in the shell, canned or in bulk, including the container in all these cases.

The Dominion Authorities will be very glad to learn whether the conclusion of arrangements on the lines indicated would be acceptable [Page 265] to the United States Government and I should be obliged for any information on this point which you may be able to give them.

I have [etc.]

(For H. M. Ambassador)
R. C. Lindsay
[Enclosure]

Minute of the Privy Council for Canada, Approved September 27, 1919

The Committee of the Privy Council have had before them a report, dated 22nd September, 1919, from the Secretary of State for External Affairs, submitting with reference to the Minute of Council of March 11th, 1919, (P.C. 506)26 which laid down the views of the Government on the Report, dated September 6th, 1918, of the Canadian American Fisheries Conference, that these views were communicated to the Government of the United States, and as a result one of the recommendations of the Conference has been finally disposed of by the conclusion and signature at Washington on September 2nd, 1919, of a Treaty between Canada and the United States concerning the sockeye salmon fisheries of the Fraser River System. There remains for final settlement a treaty or treaties covering the other recommendations of the Conference, and it is desirable that this settlement should be reached at an early date.

The Minister observes that in this connection it appears expedient that the Minute of Council of March 11th should be modified in so far as it concerned the recommendation of the Conference relative to the removal of the duty on fresh and frozen fish. Having regard to the importance of making the food fish supply of the adjacent waters freely available for the people of both countries as soon as possible, the Prime Minister is of opinion that the recommendation of the Conference in this respect should be accepted.

The Prime Minister therefore recommends that negotiations be undertaken with the Government of the United States for extending the proposed arrangement to fish packed in ice, canned, salted or preserved in any form and also shell-fish of all kinds, in the shell, canned or in bulk, including the container in all these cases; and that the Honourable Sir John Douglas Hazen be authorized to conduct such negotiations.

The Prime Minister further recommends that the Honourable Sir John Douglas Hazen be authorized, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to negotiate as soon as possible with the Government of the [Page 266] United States a further treaty or treaties on the basis aforesaid, and that the said Sir John Douglas Hazen be authorized to sign such treaty or treaties on behalf of the Dominion of Canada.

The Committee concur in the foregoing recommendation and submit the same for approval.

Rodolphe Boudreau
  1. Not printed; with the exception of minor changes, the same as the draft of Oct. 24, p. 258.
  2. Ante, p. 251.