Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:
I do not wish the minister to misunderstand me. I did not condemn the pilots of the St. Lawrence; there are no better pilots than they. But I have been informed that they are not all efficient, that there are some who should not have been appointed, which is proved by the very fact that the minister has asked us to retire them and provide for them otherwise.
In reference to the other pilotage commissions, if it is not the intention of the minister to interfere with them, I would not have the same objection. But I do not think they should be interfered with unless there is some request from the locality that is interested. The fact that the pilotage commissions have been giving their services free of remuneration is not any reason why they should be dismissed. In the county I represent we have had a pilotage commission for many years, and the commissioners have not received any remuneration, but they are very proud of their position and they have done good work in the appointments they have made.
They accept these responsibilities and discharge them very well without remuneration; but there is no reason why their services should be dispensed with if everything is satisfactory to the locality concerned. If it is the intention of the minister to take over the pilotage only in cases where the people of the harbours concerned wish it, then I would not have so much objection to the measure.
Subtopic: CANADA SHIPPING ACT AMENDMENT.