John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)
Hon. J. D. HAZEN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):
Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the table of the House a copy of the Order in Council which was passed on the 9th day of March, 1915, restricting the transfer of British ships. I do this in accordance with a request of the right hon. leader of the Opposition, made yesterday.
By an Order in Council, dated 23rd January, 1915, the exportation from Canada of vessels, craft and boats of all kinds to non-British destinations is prohibited. This Order in Council, of course, applies only to British ships actually in Canadian ports.
The Order in Council, dated 9th March, 1915, is based on the Bill which is at present under consideration by the imperial authorities, and is intended to apply the restriction to all ships registered in Canada, without regard to where the ship itself may be at the time of the contemplated transfer.
In practice we require a satisfactory guarantee, and bond if necessary, from the intending purchaser that during the continuance of the war the ship will not be used directly or indirectly for the benefit of the enemies of Great Britain.
The Bill now before the imperial authorities does not apply to the Dominion of Canada, hence the necessity for the Order in Council under the provisions of the War Measures Act 67