If the hon. minister has the information at hand, would he please state the amount of advances, loans or assistance of any kind made since confederation to each of what may be called the great national ports of Canada ? I do not know that I could reasonably expect him to have the information here, but if lie has it, I would be glad if he would give it to me. I am not very familiar with the subject of these advances.
In the earlier discussion I stated what advances had been made to the harbour of Montreal under similar legislation to this during recent; years, beginning with 1890. But I presume that wliat my hon. friend (Sir. Borden, Halifax) asks for now relates to the harbour of Quebec and-well,what other harbours would be included in his question ? I would like a definite statement, so that I can procure the information.
I do not know whether there have been loans or advances to other ports or not. Nor do I know of any source from which I could get the information in definite form. I thought possibly the hon. gentleman would have it in his department.
Of course, I can get the information. There were loans made under certain conditions to the port of Quebec, and I fancy these are the principal matters the hon. gentleman refers to. I cannot say off-hand whether loans have been made to other harbours. Generally speaking, I think not. Before the third reading of the Bill is taken, I will have the information at hand.
I think I can answer that. There has been nothing in the way of loans to the ports mentioned except in the cases of Montreal and Quebec. Whatever has been done for the other harbours has been done in the way of piers, dredging and other improvements of that nature.