Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
I have seen
a statement in the press to the effect that a steamship service has been inaugurated between France and Canada. Can the Minister of Trade and Commerce give us any information on that subject?
Sir GEO. FOSTER (Minister of Trade and Commerce): We have been informed that arrangements have been perfected by the British Admiralty by which eighteen vessels will be placed upon the service between our ports and Havre, France. The purpose of these vessels is to transport Government supplies, solely and entirely. It is calculated -and so far as I have seen the calculations, I think they bear out the basis on which they are made-that Government supplies
and requirements will tax the total capacity of these vessels. There will be a tri-weekly service. That is the general plan, but all the details have not yet been worked out. If it happens that any one of these vessels is not filled to capacity by the supplies being sent to the British or French Governments, then other Government supplies furnished by private or company contractors may be transported. The service, however, is not meant for general trade.