Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
I wish to cal) the attention of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries to the fact that merchants in Quebec doing business with the West Indies have written to me that they cannot get space for molasses and products of that kind on board the subsidized steamers plying between the West Indies and St. John. Their correspondents in the West Indies
tell them that these steamers refuse to take syrups, the whole of the space being taken up by sugar, which, they say, is more paying freight. These merchants say that for some months past they have not been able to obtain any molasses. In view of the fact that these steamers are subsidized by the Government, this matter ought to be inquired into. I would ask the good offices of the Minister of Marine, or of the Minister of Trade and Commerce if he were here, to look into the matter and tell me what answer I may give to my correspondent in Quebec.
Subtopic: SHIPMENT OF SYRUPS FROM WEST INDIES.