February 8, 1909

LOAD-LINE ON SHIPS.

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Mr. E. N.@

LEWIS (West Huron) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 45) respecting a load line on ships sailing on the inland waters of Canada.

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CON

Edward Norman Lewis

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEWIS.

This Bill has reference to an official load-line on ships sailing on the inland waters of Canada, and also to coasting vessels, but not including foreign ships. It is modelled after the sections of the English Act with reference to the load-line on ships. The purpose of the Bill is to lessen the liability to these very regrettable accidents which happen in the fall of the year, and which cause very great loss of life, as in the case of the 'Jones' two years ago, and the ' Asia ' some years previously. The clause referring to the inland waters applies only after the 15th of September, and until the 15th of May in each year. There is also a clause with reference to the loadline of barges on the coasting waters of Canada, and that clause is modelled on a Bill brought in by Mr. Lawrence, formerly member for Colchester, but which was not passed into law. There is also a clause which obliges the captain who enters his ship outward from each port in Canada after the 15th day of September until the 15th day of May in each year to leave with the customs officers before he gets his clearance a list of every person leaving port on his ship, with names and addresses. There is also a clause with reference to the loading of ships. One of the chief causes of these accidents is that ships are loaded on deck in a hurry to get produce out in the rush in the fall of the year.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

Might I ask the Prime Minister what is the reason of the delay in organizing the Public Accounts Committee? It is very important that this committee should be organized at the earliest possible moment, if we are to expedite the work of the session, and already a week has passed.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I understand that' all the committees have been called for organization to-morrow.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I have not heard 6f that.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I understand that is the arrangement.

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LIB

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

When may we expect the report of the Department of Fisheries?

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. L. P. BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).

I think it is ready; jt will be brought down as soon as I get it.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

It will be distributed almost immediately?

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LIB

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES.


Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved that Mr. Warburton be placed on the Public Accounts Committee in the place of the Hon. Charles Murphy. Motion agreed to. Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved that Mr. Harris be placed on the Committee of Agriculture in the place of Mr. Prowse. Motion agreed to. Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved that Mr. McCraney be added to the Committee on Standing Orders. Motion agreed to.


INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-BRANCH LINES.

LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I desire to ask the Minister of Railways as to when we may expect a copy of the report of the commissioners authorized by him to inquire into the branch lines of the railway connecting with the Intercolonial, which information was promised in the speech from the Throne.

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February 8, 1909