Mr. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):
Mr. Speaker, 1 rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity under the provisions of Standing Order 43. In view of the tragic incident in St. John's Harbour in September when the Portuguese sidetrawler Vasco D'Orey caught fire in St. John's harbour causing loss of life and threatening a major disaster in the harbour at St. John's, since no fire tug is now provided for that port and in view of the agreement of the chairman of the St. John's port authority, the Liberal candidate in the St. John's West byelection, that the authority needs and is lobbying for a new multi-purpose tug which would include fire-fighting equipment, 1 move, seconded by the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. McGrath):
That the government of Canada make funds available to the port authority of St. John's for the purchase of a new multi-purpose tug including fire-fighting equipment in order to be properly prepared to take action to save lives and to save the harbour of St. John's in the event of any other shipboard fires in that harbour.
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSED PURCHASE OF FIRE TUG FOR ST. JOHN'S-MOTION UNDER S O. 43