Mr. LaRIYIERE asked :
1. Has the honourable the Minister of Customs received the following letter from C. N. Bell, Esq., secretary of the Winnipeg Board of Trade ?
The Honourable William Paterson,
Minister of Customs,
Sir.-I have the honour, by direction, to give you herewith a copy of a resolution passed at a general meeting of this board, held on the 30th of June, viz.: ' Resolved, that this board represent to the Dominion government the necessity and advisability of the Customs Department establishing and maintaining a King's warehouse in Winnipeg.'
In explanation, I beg to inform you that the customs sufferance warehouses, but especially the one at the Canadian Pacific Railway station, are crowded with imported goods, a large percentage of which have remained there, according to a detailed statement of the railway company, for periods varying from ten days to six months, to the detriment of the business of the general importing public.
As King's warehouses are in existence in eastern provinces, at ports minor in importance to Winnipeg, which now ranges as third as to revenue importance in the Dominion, this board are satisfied that you will at once see that Winnipeg is entitled to be placed on a proper footing in this direction.
2. Will a King's warehouse be established in Winnipeg at an early date ?