On motion of Hon. A. K. Maclean the House went into committee on the following proposed resolution, Mr. Boivin in the Chair:
1. Notwithstanding any provision in the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, or any amendment thereto, or in the Canada Shipping Act, or any amendment thereto, the Minister of Marine and Fisheries of Canada may grant permission to the following vessels to clear from any port in Canada on any voyage even though the master and mate of any such vessel, or either of them, do not hold valid certificates of competency or service, provided that the said Minister is satisfied that properly certificated men cannot be procured and that the acting master and mate are competent and have sufficient experience:
(a) Canadian registered vessels other than vessels carrying passengers ;
(b) Canadian registered vessels carrying passengers not exceeding one hundred registered tons, which ply exclusively within what the Minister of Marine and Fisheries may deem to be sheltered waters within the inland waters or on the sea coasts of Canada;
2. These provisions shall continue in operation for one year from the date of the passing of the Act to be based upon this resolution and no longer.