The rules do not at this stage require anything but a short statement of the purport of the bill, which is to bring the coastal shipping trade of Canada as regards routes, schedules and charges under the supervision of the board of railway commissioners in exactly the same way as that body now has control over the same items in connection with railways. In the bill "coastal trade" is defined to exclude operations on the great lakes, and there is also a provision that it shall not apply to vessels under twenty tons burden, in order to prevent small ferries operated by gasoline launches and the like, from being harassed by unnecessary restrictions.
On the second reading of the bill I shall endeavour to explain the reasons why the bill should become law.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: PROPOSAL TO BRING COASTAL SHIPPING UNDER JURISDICTION OF RAILWAY COMMISSION