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.
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.
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.