Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:
The hon. gentleman's question has reference to a matter ether than that which it is intended to be dealt with in this Bill. Under the law as it now stands, the department by regulation can determine what pilotage American shipping shall pay in British Columbia waters, and the Department of Justice has so advised it. If we desired to relieve American shipping altogether of pilotage we would require further legislation. The department, however, does not desire to do this, but under the statute they are empowered to reduce to a minimum the pilotage rates on American shipping, and it is their intention td do so. I am informed that this is satisfactory to American shipping.