May 26, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)



I cannot agree with my hon. friend about the duties of the harbour master not being most important at a very large port like Halifax. The tonnage entering and leaving that port each year is so considerable in amount that the harbour master has to give all his time to his duties there. The duties of the harbour master are to see that berths are allocated to vessels entering the port.
He also has to see that the vessels are properly moored. The harbour master has full charge of the port, and I consider that his duties in the case of such a port as Halifax are most important. When one compares the port of Halifax with the port of Montreal, where the harbour master receives $5,000 a year, and with the port of Quebec, where the harbour master gets $3,500 a year, I do not think that we are overpaying the harbour master of the first-named port when we place him in a position whereby he may possibly make five or six hundred dollars a year more than he is now drawing. For instance, in the year 1917 the total amount of fees collected in the port of Halifax only amounted to $1,832. Now, il the total amount of fees collected in 1920 do not exceed $1,800, that is all the harbour master of Halifax will be allowed to get in the way of salary; but if the fees, as I have already stated, amount to $2,500 or $3,000, he will draw a more substantial remuneration. Considering the fact that Halifax is a very large and important seaport, I hope that hon. members will agree with the reasonableness of the provisions of this Bill.

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