Mr. W. F. CARROLL (Cape Breton South):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to read the following article dated North Sydney, January 27, 1914, which appeared in the Sydney Record:
The Government revenue steam tug Alert, which is owned by a Sydney real estate broker and incidentally' receives the princely sum of $18,000 per y'ear of the people's money, was pressed into service yesterday to convey Tory organizer Hayes and Tory candidate Philip McLeod from North Sydney to the northern parts of Victoria county. The primary object of establishing this branch of the preventive service was to put a stop to the traffic of contraband liquor into Cape Breton seaports. Prohibition is one of the planks of the Tory platform. It is also an offence punishable by fine and imprisonment to carry intoxicating liquor from one part of the province to another. Notwithstanding all this some of the barrels placed on board of the Government boat on its northward journey looked uncommonly like vessels containing ordinary booze. But although taken from a bonded warehouse and conveyed on board the ship by a teamster employed by a wholesale liquor dealer, they might have contained nothing more harmful than tomatoes of the Colchester county brand. In any event it is safe to say that the Government never intended to furnish Mr. Philip McLeod with a private yacht for electioneering purposes, even if he is the Tory candidate for Victoria county.
For the information of the House I may say than an election for a member for the local legislature of the piovince of Nova Scotia is taking place in that county and the election will be held on the i2th day of February. My only intention in reading this article is to bring it to the attention of the Government, or I suppose, more particularly of the hon. Minister of Marine and Fish-eiies (Mr. Hazen). He is not in his place at the present time, but I would be glad if he would tell this House whether or not the tug Alert, which is in the Government service, has gone to either one of the ports of Victoria county on an electioneering service and whether or not she has been ordered there by the department. If the hon. gentleman does not know these facts, I would ask him to have an investigation made and to give an answer to the House later.
Subtopic: THE STEAMER ALERT.