Mr. J. J. HUGHES:
I am in receipt of a number of letters and telegrams in regard to transportation between Prince Edward Island and the mainland. These letters and telegrams, which are pretty strongly worded, are to the effect that the efforts made to bring the car ferry steamer Prince Edward Island to Charlottetown are not successful; that the steamer is being injured by the strenuous work to which she is subjected in going through the ice; that
the mails are delayed; that travelling is hampered; that trade is tied up, and that apparently a few people in the capital are the cause of the trouble. Charlottetown is the centre of population in Prince Edward Island, and, if the steamer can make trips to that point, that is the place where she ought to call; but if she can not and can make daily trips to Georgetown, it would be wise to have her call there. I would like the minister to consider the matter, because the people are greatly inconvenienced. They allege that the steamer is being injured, and that by some means or other pressure is being brought do bear upon the department to have the steamer call at Charlottetown.