CANADA SHIPPING ACT AMENDMENT
Mr. McLEiVN (Queens) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 118) to amend the
Canada Shipping Act. He said: The object of this Bill is to amend section 477 of the Shipping Act so that coal barges under tow may come into the ports of Canada without being obliged to pay pilotage fees. Up to a recent decision of the Privy Council, coal barges have been coming into our ports in the maritime provinces without paying pilotage dues. Under this decision it is held that the words in the Act ' ships propelled wholly or in part by steam ' do apply to coal barges under tow. For example, the Cumberland Coal and Railway Company send from Parrsboro' to St. John coal in barges towed by a steam tug, two or three barges in tow; and they have been coming in under the decision of the court as to the meaning of those words I have just quoted, holding that they do apply to coal barges under tow. This decision of the Privy Council holds that they are obliged to pay pilotage. The object is to allow coal barges of that description towed by steam to be exempt from paying pilotage dues.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY AND GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY ARBITRATION.
MEN DISCHARGED FROM INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.
RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.