Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to call the attention of the government to the following despatch appearing in the Province newspaper of Vancouver:
Aviators Halted at Yukon Border American Flyers Forced to Travel Last 100 Miles By Dog Team
Dawson, Yukon Territory, Jan. 2.-Barred by Canadian regulations from continuing their trip by airplane, J. McPherson and E. B. Bigham, mining engineers of Fairbanks, Alaska, who flew to Eagle, a distance of approximately 300 miles, in four hours last Sunday, were obliged to travel the last 100 miles of their business trip to Dawson by dog team. They arrived here Tuesday, the journey over the snow from Eagle requiring three days.
I would ask the government whether the foregoing statement is correct, that these men by reason of our regulations were forced to make a hazardous trip on foot extending over several days when they might have reached their destination by aeroplane in as many hours. If this is so, I would ask further, whether the government will not invest its officials with certain discretionary powers so that they may administer the regulations with some degree of common sense.