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

L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I think my hon. friend is under a misapprehension as regards Montreal and Quebec pilotage. I do not say anything about other ports, but the transfer to Ottawa some years ago of the control vested in the pilotage commissions of Montreal and Quebec was a change for the better. Before that time there had been many accidents in the St. Lawrence river, but since then the river has been practically free from accidents. At first the pilots were very much averse to the move and opposed it strongly, but they have become reconciled to it because they find that under the supervision of the Department of Marine and Fisheries the pilots have become more versed in their pro-4 p.m. fession and more alert in their service. The superannuation plan was adopted when Mr. Brodeur was Minister of Marine and Fisheries, in order to provide for old pilots who had become blind and who were unable to give further efficient service. The list of superannuation is decreasing yearly, and after a while there will be no more. May I ask the minister whether pilots, especially those of Montreal or Quebec, who are' nearly all French Canadian, may pass their test examinations in the French language? I read something in the press about this some time ago. I know that the minister is as broadminded as a man can be, but I would like him to give the assurance that the
pilots may pass the examination in whichever language they choose.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   CANADA SHIPPING ACT AMENDMENT.
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