BRODEUR (Minister of Mar rine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 152) to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act. He said: The object is to give a better definition of the word 'vessel' in the Act. A wrecked vessel is there defined to include merely the keel, hull and machinery, but not the equipment, tackle, cargo, stores and ballast. When a vessel is wrecked, they generally remove at once all that is of value in it, and nothing is left except the hull and machinery, which is most of the time not of much value. Consequently when we call for tenders for the removal of a wreck, we have to deal with an article which is almost of no value and becomes a loss to the country; and the object is to declare that when a vessel is wrecked, the cargo should not be removed but form part of the claim which must exist on the vessel for the cost of removal of the wreckage. We ask also to be allowed to amend the law in order to declare that wrecks shall be removed immediately without the necessity of obtaining a formal order in council, but simply on the order of the minister. The reason for the change is this: When a wreck takes place, it sometimes is absolutely necessary to have it removed without delay, but when we have to go before the Governor in Council some time is lost. It may take a good deal of time before we can get an order in council, and in the meantime navigation may be seriously affected. We are asking also for power to regulate the cables which are
put in rivers for ferry-boats. The request to do this has been made to the government by different provinces and especially by the province of Manitoba. In that province the complaint is made that cables are put in some of its navigable rivers and there is no provision in the law to regulate them. The object is to provide that they shall only be laid in such a way as not to interfere with navigation. We wish also to improve the regulations for the opening and closing of draw-bridges and their operation. This gives power to the government to make some regulations in that connection.