Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):
bill the consensus of opinion in the province of Quebec through all the newspapers is that one commission is not enough, even if seven are too many. In Quebec we have great confidence in the Prime Minister. I think we proved that we had confidence, since he was chosen as leader of the Liberal party. We also have great confidence in the new Minister of Marine (Mr. Howe); we think he has great business ability. But in view of that general consensus of opinion I think constructive criticism cannot hurt the bill, and I have the honour to propose an amendment to section 3, reading as fellows:
National Harbours Board
That subsection (1) of section 3 be amended by striking out all the words after the word "minister" in line 22 on page 1 down to the end of the said subsection, and substituting therefor the following:-
"three national harbour boards, known as
(a) The Atlantic harbours board,
(b) The St. Lawrence harbours board, and
(c) The Pacific harbour board,
each consisting of three members, namely a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a third member who shall be appointed by the governor in council and who shall hold office during pleasure."
I regret in one sense to have to present this amendment against a bill of the government, but as I said on second reading, it is the general consensus of opinion in Quebec that we should have a board for the St. Lawrence river. I have received from the electors of Montreal at large, without any solicitation, over 315 letters stating that we should oppose this principle. There is no reason why the government cannot control the finances of all these three commissions just as well as they would control the finances of only one commission.
Topic: NATIONAL HARBOURS BOARD
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL OF PUBLIC HARBOURS