June 13, 1917

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I noticed the otheT day a newspaper statement that a large increase had been made in the subsidy for this steam service to Newfoundland.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The information is not correct.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

What was the subsidy paid that company five years ago compared with that paid to-day?

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The subsidy is as stated here. The vote is $70,000. Five years ago, that is 1912, we paid $31,874. In 1915 it was $48,000, and this year about the same.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

In speaking of an increase, I thought it meant a modern increase, not one of ancient years. One very important difference is that formerly this company was paid in addition $30,000 as a postal subsidy. That is not now paid, and it is now a daily service.

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LIB

William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

Is this service to Louis-burg something new, or the occasional trips to that port during the winter months?

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I think thie is

winter's months trips.

Steam service between Canada and the West Indies or South America, or both, $34.0,666,66.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Has the minister any

figures to give us as to the treaty with the West Indies? Has there been an increase in our trade as a result of the treaty?

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Yes, I think I may say there has been a very satisfactory increase. In 1912, the value of cargoes of Canadian origin going over this line was $2,325,000. In 1914, it was $2,618,000. In

1915, it was $3,507,000, and last year, in

1916, it was $4,698,000. Thus, comparing

1912 and 1916, the value of Canadian cargoes has a little more than doubled. Of course, you have to take into account that prices have risen in that time, but still it shows a very gratifying increase. Then there is Some little carriage of goods of United States origin.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The chief increase is in exports. But last year, and partly the yeaT before, there was a very large increase in imports owing to the very large amount of sugar brought in for the refineries.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The chief articles imported are the tropical products, sugar, coffee, eocoanut, Trinidad asphalt, oranges and bananas.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Our exports run over the whole gamut of our natural products, such as fish, canned salmon, canned goods, flour, oats, vegetables, groceries, cheese, pease, live-stock, sulphate of ammonia, tea, fertilizer, lumber, laths, cordage, and a great many other articles.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I have not them here. I can get a statement in regard to them.

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LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR:

I understand the minister to say that the value of the goods imported during the last three or four years has doubled.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The exports have about doubled.

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June 13, 1917