Mr. Cote (Verdun-La Salle):
Before we proceed with an examination of this bill clause by clause, I might answer immediately the more important questions which have been raised during the debate on second reading. In the first instance, I should like to assure the hon. member for Cape Breton South that it is not optional for a ship owner
to get protection under the act. Under section 29, which is not being amended by this bill, we find the following:
Every employer shall cover, by insurance or other means satisfactory to the board, the risks of compensation arising under this act.
The measure of control that the board has is exercised through the collector or other chief officers of the customs department who, upon notification, by the board, shall detain the ship complained about until he receives a notice from the board that he may release the said ship. I believe, therefore, there is full protection.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: MERCHANT SEAMEN