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Bill C-9

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His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled ``An Act for making the system of Canadian ports competitive, efficient and commercially oriented, providing for the establishing of port authorities and the divesting of certain harbours and ports, for the commercializa tion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and ferry services and other matters related to maritime trade and transport and amending the Pilotage Act and amending and repealing other Acts as a consequence''.


This enactment sets out the legislative scheme for the establishment and operation of Canada Port Authorities. It establishes the legislative scheme for public ports and public port facilities that the Minister will administer and the different ways the Minister can deal with those ports and facilities. It describes the legal structure for the future operation of the Seaway. It provides the Government with a residual regulatory power in relation to other harbours, provides for the designation of enforcement officers to enforce regulations in all ports and harbours and provides those enforcement officers with the powers necessary to carry out their duties. The enactment provides measures to ensure the financial self-sufficiency and accountability of pilotage authorities through amendments to the Pilotage Act.