I do not know whether the
hon. member for Vancouver East is being as fair as I thought he would be. When it comes to ships I think he will agree that it is fair comment to say that he does not know his elbow from the anchor of a ship. He has a very extensive knowledge about many things, but so far as safety of life at sea and the operation of ships are concerned he knows extremely little. He has talked about getting the comments of those who are most competent to judge this matter. If he will discuss it with his fishermen friends as I have discussed it with mine and also with
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his sailor friends, he will find that so far as safety of life at sea is concerned the radiotelephone has made by far the greatest contribution to the welfare of those concerned and, incidentally, to their domestic happiness. I know that has only happened in the fishing industry in recent years. I might tell him that pilots going aboard ships not equipped with radiotelephones very often take a walkie-talkie telephone aboard so that they can make full use of the radar equipment on the ships. In many cases they found it much easier to get into the harbour of Vancouver if they were allowed to talk with the operator on the bridge concerning the traffic which might be coming through. So far as the member for Vancouver East is concerned, I ask him to please give me credit for perhaps not always looking at things from an economic angle. Incidentally, I do not happen to be operating any passenger ships now myself.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS RESPECTING STEAM AND MOTOR ENGINEER CERTIFICATES, RADIOTELEGRAPH INSTALLATIONS, ETC.