It is no use to shout "carried," because gentlemen on this side of the House are prepared to sit here all night if they have any interruptions from members on the other side. In fact, I came back *with my friends determined that the vote for the Naval Service should not go through if it took us all night. And we feel the same in regard to the vote for the Fisheries Service. Therefore I would advise hon. gentlemen who have no interest in these Estimates to keep quiet and let us proceed with the business of the House.
Now, Mr. Chairman, I would be quite satisfied to vote an increase for the Fisheries Patrol Service if I thought it was necessary. I cannot see that it is. Iff there is necessity for more boats on the Pacific coast, why sell the Canada and the Grilse? Why not put them on the Pacific coast? The minister laughs, but let me tell him that I know the Canada from keel to truck, and she is the best boat in his department. She did excellent service, as the hon. member from Halifax can tell us, before the war as a fisheries protection boat, and she is still able to continue that service. She can be overhauled for a few thousand dollars, as against an expenditure of $50,000 or $100,000 for a new boat. If members from the Pacific coast think they should have one or two more patrol boats to protect their fisheries, let us use those we have rather than spend money for new boats. As I say, the Canada is an excellent boat, and the Grilse, although perhaps a little extravagant in regard to fuel, is also a good boat, and they might well be transferred to the Pacific coast. As the hon. member for Guysborough (Mr. Sinclair) has said, we do not want sixteen boats on the Atlantic coast at the present time to protect our fisheries. A few years ago. when the Americans were restricted in their use of our harbours and did not enjoy the privileges which have since been granted to them, it was necessary to maintain a strong fleet of fishery protection boats on the Atlantic coast. I strongly urge the minister before he agrees to the expenditure for new patrol boats for the Pacific coast to get advice from other people who know the local conditions there, and I think he will find that if further boats are required his best course will be to transfer some of our Atlantic boats and thereby save the country several thousand dollars.