I explained the purpose of this Bill at the time of its introduction. The first of the two clauses which it contains is for the purpose of exempting sailing ships, fitted with ordinary gasolene engines, that are engaged partly in fishing and partly in the transportation of freight, from having to employ certificated masters or mates. Under the existing law these vessels -would be exempt if they were employed solely in fishing, but some of them are engaged for a portion of the year, say for nine months, in fishing and the balance of the year is devoted to carrying freight around the neighbourhood in which the owners live. As the law stands at present these vessels have to have certificated masters and certificated mates. They are operated in most oases by the owner, by the fisherman himself. There are not enough certificated masters and mates, even if the owners were in the position to employ men -so qualified, to serve upon these boats; and in addition to that the employment of such masters and mates would impose a bur-[DOT]den of expense upon the owner that would not be justified, considering the business in which they are engaged. The junior member for Halifax (Mr. A. K. Maclean), when I introduced this Bill, suggested that There would have to be some change in its provisions to show that these vessels should either be engaged in the .coasting trade, or in the deep sea trade. I told my hon. Triend I would look into the matter, and I find that the point raised by him was well taken. So I will ask to amend section one by inserting after the word
ships ' in the sixth line, the words,
engaged in the coastwise trade.' That will meet the objection that was well taken by my hon. friend from Halifax. I therefore move to amend the section in that respect.