It will come under the department, and the distribution of the work as well as the money will be subject t" some regulations. It is not likely, however, that the department will reverse the present condition of affairs without due examination of all the circumstances.
Of course. As regards the regulations governing apprentices, these will come under the Department of Marine and Fisheries. The moment that tins pilotage business comes under the Department of Marine, the minister will have to see that proper regulations for the admission of apprentices are made, and also for their yearly examination. We find that in the district oif Montreal, unless a complaint was made, a pilot would not be called on every year to pass an examination as to his eye-sight and hearing. We have established a rule, with the consent of the pilots, that they should pass an examination every season and get a certificate as to their eyesight and hearing to show that these have not failed so much as to prevent their attending to their duties. We have also stipulated what kind of examination they shall be subjected to.
Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).
This Bill is
to replace Bill (No. 38), which has been withdrawn. The first Bill contained only one clause, and met with a good deal of objection, as it did not provide for certain eventualities. This Bill covers entirely the ground for which the measure was asked by the shipping interests of British Columbia. I could not explain the Bill better than it explains itself.
That matter is still under consideration. Tenders were first asked for a service with Cuba and Mexico ; but the government of Mexico refused to subsidize any line which would call at Cuba. Therefore the question had to be considered as to whether there should be two different services, one for Cuba and one for Mexico. We have not yet received the last answer from the republic of Mexico as to what it intends to do in the matter.