July 10, 1908

LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I have a long letter from a sea captain resident in Westmore-Mr. FIELDING.

land who sails a British vessel and his great complaint is that his vessel was discriminated against in favour of the Norwegian steamers. In that way, if this permission is given, there is some ground for the exception taken. I am not familiar with the circumstances myself, but it seemed to be a matter for the Department of Marine and Fisheries, and I submitted the complaint to that department.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I think it is not a question of discrimination between the Cana-liau vessel and the Norwegian vessel, but a question between the sailing vessel and the steamer. However, while there was some cause of complaint in the past, I understand that it has been largely, if not wholly, removed.

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CON

Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN.

The Minister of Finance states that Norwegian vessels have been chartered for the coal trade for several years. I want to know whether that is the reason for the passing of this Act, because I think that these Norwegians should not control the shipping trade of the maritime provinces as they do to-day.

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LIB
CON

Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN.

I know that is correct. I do not care whether it is Sydney, or Inverness, or Pietou ; and I tell the Minister of Finance that he should not take the opinion of men who are interested in one particular locality. He knows that the men engaged in this business cannot get a cargo if a Norwegian vessel intervenes, whether it is half loaded or fully loaded.

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. E. M. MACDONALD.

I rise for the purpose of letting my hon. friend know that his information is entirely incorrect, for this reason, that having been in my county within the last two weeks and knowing that my hon. friend and some other gentlemen here had been complaining of the difficulty of schooners from Prince Edward Island and elsewhere getting coal expeditiously, the managers of both mining companies informed me that there had not been the slightest delay in the shipments of coal from any of the piers by any schooners that came there so far this summer. In fact, they were anxious to get the trade and to deal expeditiously with any schooners that came there. We have two large piers capable of supplying more coal per day than all the schooners of Prince Edward Island could possibly engage in carrying. If my hon. friend will give me a bona fide case of any schooner from Prince Edward Island which has been delayed with a shipment of coal in my county, I will undertake to see that there is a remedy.

I can assure him that all the complaints in ^hat regard, so far as Pietou is concerned, are entirely incorrect. There was some difficulty in regard to shipments from the

Inverness Coal Company, and an agitation was worked up on that account; but any complaints with regard to the shipment of coal from the Dominion Coal Company, or from the county of Pietou, are not well founded.

Resolution reported, read the first and the second time, and agreed to.

Mr. FIELDING moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 2081 to amend the Canadian Shipping Act.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 207), respecting certain patents of the Metal Shingle and Siding Company.- Mr. Johnston. Mr. FIELDING moved the adjournment of the House.


CON

George Taylor (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

What is the business for to-morrow?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

We may take one or two Bills ; but I think it more likely that we shall go into Supply and take up the remaining items of the main estimates and then proceed with the supplementary estimates, beginning with civil government and continuing somewhat in the order in which they stand.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 1.13 a.m., Saturday.



Saturday, July 11, 1908.


July 10, 1908