I am informed by the
statements before me, which were laid before me just a few moments ago-since I came into the house as a matter of fact-that while as my hon. friend points out the Canadian Pacific receive subsidies, they have been carrying on under very great difficulties in view of the very heavy subsidies of which foreign ships are in receipt. No doubt my hon. friend is aware of the actions that have been taken in the neighbouring republic in the way of increasing their subsidies, and I know we hear many complaints from our steamship companies as to their inability to compete with very heavily subsidized shipping, particularly in the American republic and also in other foreign countries. They claim they simply cannot carry on this service without this additional assistance.