Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:
They were pilotage dues and did not include dues paid by the class of shipping which we are trying to relieve by this present Bill. Perhaps it is unfortunate but we must admit that this tax was evaded under some regulation, or pretended regulation, by virtue of which there was a remission of the pilotage dues paid by the class of shipping sought to be relieved by this Bill. In no other place in Canada do we seek to tax for pilotage dues shipping engaged in running between Canadian and American ports except in British Columbia. Ships running from Sydney to New York pay no pilotage dues. The same is true of ships running between Halifax or St. John and New York, between Quebec and New York and between Sydney and Newfoundland. If Canadian ships, they pay no pilotage dues. We simply want to apply that same rule to British Columbia. Supposing it did affect the pilots' earnings in British Columbia, I do not admit that that is a serious consideration. The important consideration is the interest of shipping. Some other means will be provided for remunerating the pilots if the pilotage dues do not provide a fund. I do not see why we need to concern ourselves so much
about the interests of the pilots, as they must be suitably remunerated in one way if not in another. There is a more important consideration, namely: What are the interests of the province of British Columbia and of shipping? We are instructed that it is very much in the interest of the mercantile business of this province that this legislation become effective. I think it is also in the interest of the development of shipping.