James A. Motherwell

James A. Motherwell

James A. Motherwell was a bureaucrat who served as Chief Inspector of Fisheries for British Columbia from 1921 to 1946. During his tenure as Chief Inspector, Motherwell oversaw the federal policy to eliminate Japanese Canadians from the BC fishing industry altogether through race-based restrictions on fishing licenses. When Japanese-Canadian-owned fishing vessels were seized by the navy in December 1941, Motherwell was integral in assembling the Japanese Fishing Vessel Disposal Committee. (Source: Kimura Appendix)
bca_gr_0435_box_48_file_436.pdf ; bca_gr_0435_box_48_file_438.pdf ; bca_gr_0435_box_48_file_439.pdf


ForenameJames A.
Regularized NameJames A. Motherwell


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