The increase that
the Bill provides for is a very small one. We propose to increase the fee for every ship over 1,000 tons register from $5 to $7. As I explained when this matter was before the Committee on Wednesday evening I do not think the harbour master will get more than $2,000 or $2,500 a year. If we do not increase the fee from $5 to $7 the harbour master will continue to receive the same meagre salary of $1,800 that he received in 1885. It is only a reasonable proposition that this small change in the fees should be allowed and that the harbour master, if he collects $2,000, or $2,500, or even the maximum of $3,000, should be allowed to keep this himself.
Subtopic: HALIFAX HARBOUR MASTER.