June 14, 1934

CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

Sixty-five years is not a fair age at which to retire a pilot. I think the minister should let the section 6tand.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

What are my hon.

friend's views?

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

I would say seventy-five years, but it depends altogether on the man. It is quite unfair to retire an active man at sixty-five years. There are first class pilots on the St. Lawrence who are seventy-five years of age.

Canada Shipping Act

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

My hon. friend will note that in the section there is a provision whereby a pilot reaching the age of sixty-five years can, up to a certain age, renew his licence from year to year.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

I suggest it does. I find in it the words:

Every licensed pilot shall, on attaining the age of sixty-five years, produce and deliver up his licence to the pilotage authority which issued it and such authority may grant him a new licence for one year, and so from year to year, until his seventieth birthday, provided he is declared capable of performing his duties as a pilot by a medical officer appointed by the pilotage authority.

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Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

I would suggest that the minister make the figures seventy years in the first instance and seventy-five years in the second.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

I shall ask to have the section stand. I do not deny the merit in my hon. friend's suggestion, but this is a very important matter. The safety of navigation is an important feature, and I should like to consult experts in the matter.

Section stands.

Sections 329 to 337 inclusive agreed to.

Sections 338 and 339 stand.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

To add the

word "Quebec" after the word "Montreal" in the second paragraph of section 338 and in section 339.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU (Translation):

We

shall come to an understanding in this respect.

Sections 340 to 370 inclusive agreed to.

On section 371-Application of pilot funds.

Mr. CANTLEY': Is there any change in regard to the pilotage funds in the ports of North Sydney, Sydney or Halifax?

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

No change at all.

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Section agreed to. Sections 372 to 405 inclusive agreed to. On section 406-Radio-telegraph installation.


LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

Is there any provision that home ships shall carry radios? Paragraph (a) of subsection 1 reads:

All passenger ships and other ships of sixteen hundred tons gross tonnage or upwards, regis-74726-252

tered in Canada plying on international voyages shall, unless exempted under the provisions of this act or of the regulations made hereunder, be fitted with a radiotelegraph installation complying with the provisions of article thirty-one of the safety convention and shall carry such operators with such qualifications as are prescribed in the regulations issued hereunder;

There are many ships carrying passengers which go far afield and I think these ships should be made to carry radio. I remember one instance, that of the steamship Princess Mary which struck a rock going up north. Surely vessels of this size should be compelled to carry radio.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

I think the point is covered by the following subsection.

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Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I am not familiar with navigation on the lakes but I think radio should be compulsory on such ships.

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

Subsection 2, paragraph (b) reads:

This subsection shall also apply to all other steamships of five thousand tons gross tonnage and upwards going on any voyage which is or which includes a voyage of more than two hundred nautical miles from one place to another place: Provided, however, that the governor in council may exempt from the obligations imposed by this paragraph any ship or class of ship if he is of the opinion that having regard to the nature of the voyage in which the ship is engaged or the season of the year or other circumstances of the case, the providing of a radiotelegraph installation or the operation thereof is unnecessary or unreasonable.

I think that covers the point.

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Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

Does the minister think that the minimum tonnage of 5,000 tons is sufficient? A ship of that size is quite large, while the ships I am referring to are probably three or four thousand gross tons.

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June 14, 1934