I regret that. Pugwash has been open since long before confederation-seven/ty-five years and more. In that port we have some foreign shipping and the closing of that office will be a distinct inconvenience to the people there; it is, I think, a very great mistake from every point of view. I appreciate the fact that the minister is guided by the very best intentions, but in this matter he has gone too far. A few years' experience will demonstrate that >to him. I am not suggesting political favouritism. I do not think there was any political interference at all; I am not making that charge so far as Pugwash is concerned. But I do say that it was a mistake to close the port and I should like the minister to reconsider his decision with respect to this particular port. I might advance various reasons but I will not do so now, because I have faith in the good intentions of the minister and I think that after consideration he will reverse his decision.
not give every consideration to the matter in any event, but I can give the hon. member this information. The salary paid was $560 per annum and the collections amounted to $162.89. The entries were seventy-four, a little more than one a week. The export entries were eleven; foreign going vessels arriving numbered four in the whole year and foreign vessels departing, eleven; coasting vessels arriving during the year numbered twenty-four and departing, seventeen. The postmaster is authorized to make collections on postal parcels and to enter and clear foreign going vessels. I have given the import duties, which amount to $162, and I have given the salary paid, $560; on the face of it there is a fairly good argument for closing the port.
I was reasonable enough to accept it because I saw the necessity, if we are to follow the report of the Royal Commission on Customs and Excise, as some hon. gentlemen opposite suggest we should. But when we do so they blame us.
a lame excuse. I say that the closing of these ports which have been in existence for years and years is creating a good deal of hardship in many cases in Nova Scotia. I have oited the case of Bear River; that was a point where the collections were over $2,000 a year, and1 instructions have been given to close it. How can the minister justify that?