February 19, 1909

REPORT PRESENTED.


Report of the Department of Railways and Canals for the year ending 31st of March, 1908-Mr. Graham.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 66) respecting the Abitibi and Hudson Bay Railway Company.-Mr. Geo. Gordon. Bill (No. 67) respecting the Alsek and Yukon Railway Company.-Mr. Wilbert McIntyre. Bill (No. 68) respecting the Athabaska Railway Company.-Mr. Wilbert McIntyre. Bill (No. 69) to incorporate the Fort Erie and Buffalo Bridge Company.-Mr. German. Bill (No. 70) respecting the St. Mary's and Western Ontario Railway Company.- Mr. G. H. McIntyre. Bill (No. 71) respecting a patent of Thomas L. Smith.-Mr. Bickerdike.


RAILWAY ACT-AMENDMENT.


Mr. RALPH SMITH (Nanaimo) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 72) to amend the Railway Act. He said: The object of this Bill is to reduce and fix the hours of labour for telegraphers and despatches on railways.


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LIB

Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


GOVERNMENT INSPECTION OF VESSELS.

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Mr. E. N.@

LEWIS (West Huron) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 73) to provide for the government inspection of vessels. He said: This Bill is to apply

to vessels not now inspected under the Dominion Inspection Act. At present, all well found vessels are inspected, but barges, which have no motive power, are not inspected. Clauses 6 and 7 of this Bill provide that the present Inspection and Equipment Act shall apply to small steam vessels over five tons. The matter has been discussed by the divisional court of Ontario, as will be found in 120 Ontario Reports, page 154, Sturgeon vs. Port Bur-well Fishing Company. The representatives of a man who was drowned were not able to recover from the steamer notwithstanding the fact that there was no boat or axe on board. The life buoy was fastened too securely for quick use. Had this vessel been equipped as others must be under the law, the life of the man would have been saved. Clause 8 of the Bill is to provide that vessels towing shall carry a rocket gun. At present, steel boats cannot get within reach of their tows which have broken loose, where the sea is very high. The American Steel Trust require all their vessels to carry rocket guns, not because it is provided by law, but for the protection of the Trust's own interests. Ocean vessels are required by law to carry these appliances. The cost is very small.

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CON

Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


RULES OF THE HOUSE-ADDITIONAL STANDING COMMITTEES.

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Hon. L. P.@

BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved that the House go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution:

That Rule No. 10, Chapter 2, of the Rules of the House of Commons, be amended by addins' after the words 'on Agriculture and Colonization' the words 'on Marine and Fisheries.'

He said: This resolution is1 designed to carry into effect the decision of the House reached some days ago on motion of my hon. friend from Guysborough (Mr. Sinclair). It simply gives legal form to the resolution proposed by the hon. gentleman.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

How will the rule read then?

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Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRODEUR.

Rule 10, chapter 2, provides :

At the commencement of each session a. special committee, consisting of five members, shall be appointed, whose duty it shall be to prepare and report, with all convenient speed, List of Members to compose the Select Standing Committees of the House, for the following purposes-

These, of course, include the Public Accounts, and others. It is proposed now that after ' Agriculture and Colonization,'

' Marine and Fisheries ' be added.

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Rt. H@

According to the understanding I had the other day on the motion made by my hon. friend the leader of the opposition, I shall move to amend the resolution by adding the following words: ' Mines and Minerals, Forests, Waterways and Water-powers.' That is, we shall have besides the committees already provided for, committees on Marine and Fisheries, on Mines and Minerals and on Forests, Waterways and Water-powers.

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February 19, 1909