An Act to amend the Marine Liability Act (adventure tourism)

This bill was last introduced in the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in May 2004.

Sponsor

Cheryl Gallant  Canadian Alliance

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of March 11, 2004
(This bill did not become law.)

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Marine Liability ActRoutine Proceedings

March 11th, 2004 / 10:10 a.m.
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Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Canadian Alliance Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-493, an act to amend the Marine Liability Act (adventure tourism).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce my private member's bill, an act to amend the Marine Liability Act.

The purpose of the bill is to correct the deficiencies in the Marine Liability Act that occurred as a result of amendments that were made to this legislation by this government during the first session of this Parliament.

The changes to the Marine Liability Act benefited large shipping companies like Canada Steamship Lines. However the unforeseen consequences of legislated compulsory insurance onto adventure operators threatens their entire industry.

Specifically, the legislation would amend section 37 of the Marine Liability Act to exempt adventure tourism activities, such as whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, as well as any other recreational marine activity, from the compulsory insurance requirements of the Marine Liability Act as it relates to the carriage of passengers.

When the changes to the Marine Liability Act were made by the government, no consideration was given to the adventure tourism industry. Adventure tourism is certainly a Canadian success story. I call upon all members of the House, particularly those whose ridings depend on this type of small business to create jobs, to support the bill to save the adventure tourism industry before it is too late.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)