On motion of Mr. Cochrane,
4 p.m. Bill No. 30, respecting the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company, was read the second time, and the House
Went into Committee thereon, Mr. Blondin in the Chair.
On section 1-prairie section:
(Leader of the Official Opposition)
Hon. J. D. HAZEN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):
This is for schools of navigation such as have been carried on for many years. These schools are for the instruction of men who wish to pursue navigation, to get certificates as mates and captains. The schools give instruction in the use of nautical instruments, and so on. These schools are established at ports throughout the country.
commend the idea of the Government assisting the Technical College at Halifax to
establish a school of navigation. I think that this work of education could be carried on by the college more effectively than by any other means. At present, it is the practice of the Government to make small allowances to persons at various ports who will conduct navigation schools for limited periods during each year for the instruction of persons desiring to go up for examination. I think experience has shown that this is not very satisfactory. In a comparatively small province, such as Nova Scotia, suitable educational facilities in navigation at Halifax, I should think, would meet all the requirements of the province generally. A well-equipped school at Halifax would probably attract a greater attendance than schools distributed throughout the province. I trust arrangements will be definitely concluded between the department and the college.
I have drawn the attention of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, on more than one occasion, to the necessity of a branch school at Canso. Five or six years ago a school was started at that point in the winter season, and the attendance was quite large, running as high as forty, I believe. But recently the grant to this school has been withdrawn. I am not accusing my hon. friend of doing that for any improper purpose.