Mir. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):
May I call the attention of
the government to a despatch from Lunenburg, N.S., dated February 23:
According to a statement made here to-night, by B B. Cann, of Yarmouth, owner of the rum-running schooner Eastwood, alleged to have been shelled aboul a week ago, while anchored twenty miles off Long Island by the United States cutter Seneca, he is preparinf to register formal protest at Ottawa with the Canadiaj government.
Mr. Cann said: "I would not consider myself ; patriotic citizen unless I registered a protest again5 this sort of treatment. I will surely make a form*
protest to the government at Ottawa. I intend to fight this case to the very limit, not because of the damage done to my vessel, nor the expense to myself, but because I, as a Canadian, will not stand idle and allow any foreign country to treat the Union Jack as a joke when it is hoisted on the mast of a British merchantman.
Is it the policy of the government to permit the use of the British flag to shield rumrunners who are carrying on a business that may be regarded as a series of unfriendly acts towards a neighbouring nation?