I do not think there is much in the objections of my hon. friend from Halton (Mr. Henderson). The association at whose instance no doubt my hon. friend brought this Bill before the House, is a very large, important, influential and intelligent class of people, and its representations have no doubt been made to the minister and to the department and to the members of this House from year to year. I think the hon. member for North Simcoe is quite within his right, as any member would be, in introducing legislation of this class, and I think it is a very good way to bring the matter to the attention of the House and the country. One hon. member suggested that the Bill might be printed and distributed among those who should have an opportunity of studying the views of the association in regard to the proposed legislation. With regard to the criticism of my hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, the remarks he has made show that his department are taking a deep interest in this subject, with a view to protecting the public interest, and he has informed the House that the delay which he is now asking for is necessary because he has not yet received a report from the technical officers of his department on these matters. I am inclined to think myself that some of the amendments asked for by this association are just and defensible, in the public interest ; with regard to others there may be a difference of opinion ; and in that respect, I agree with the hon. member for Halton that those interested in these matters should be asked to report to the minister and the House, and give us the benefit of their experience. At the same time, I think my hon. friend is doing his duty to a large class of people and to the public in bringing this matter before the House, as he has done, because it is difficult for one not well
versed in all these matters to understand the representations made to them by the parties so much interested.