klr. GEO. TAYLOR. It will be carried when I get through, and not a moment sooner. Here is J. J. Yorston, Pictou, for hauling up the steamer ' Minto ' on two occasions, 1,451 tons at 20 cents, $580- laying on ways, 29 days, $4,207.90. If my hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries would go to Kingston dry docks or to any other dry dock in the country and have this boat hauled up would he pay half that amount for having it done? I have made up a statement here. In 1896 the cost to the country for the uniforms of the men on the nine steamers that the Conservative government controlled was $150. What does it cost to-day? The government are not satisfied to give each man a cap for a uniform, but they clothe every man from top to bottom. The total cost for uniforms last year was $14,500, as compared with $150 in 1898. Let me read you a few items of expenditure for uniforms for the men employed on these boats. They did not buy the uniforms for the men on all the boats from the same firm, but they travelled all over the country from Halifax to Quebec and they went to different firms for the supplies for each boat. To some of their friends they went two or three times. We pay the captain, the engineers and the men good wages and, under those circumstances, why do they not furnish their own uniforms? Let us take the case of the ' Montcalm:'
8 uniforms at $25
10 " 21
3 dress suits at 45
Suits fit for members of parliament. They cost $135.