He is a commissioner appointed to make special investigation under the old law. He is not a wreck commissioner, but there is still under the Pilotage Act a disposition which might require the services of Mr. Guerin, who was appointed about three or four years ago. During last year he rendered no service, he had not been called upon to render any service, so the amount of money has not been expended.
The increase is due principally to the fact that we have appointed an officer, Mr. St. George, a special engineer, to superintend and look after the works of the Harbour Commissioners, in the port of Montreal, at a salary of $3,000 a year. The expenditure was about $1,057.42 a month, so we required this increase of money on account, first, of the appointment of' Mr. St. George, and, secondly, on account of the fact that since the organization of the lighthouse board we have been called upon to pay the travelling expenses of the gentlemen outside of Ottawa who have come to sit on that board, which meets once or twice a month, according to the applications. It is only fair and reasonable that these gentlemen should be paid their travelling expenses to attend the lighthouse board. Members of the shipping federation have been called upon to take part in the deliberations of the lighthouse board, which is composed mostly of officers of the
department, and we have made arrangements to pay their expenses.
I do not know that he gives his entire time. He is obliged, of course, to do the service that is required from him. He is obliged to be in attendance and to superintend the work as an engineer occupying that position.