Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement concerning the inauguration of the ferry service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Bar Harbor, Maine, by the vessel Bluenose.
It had been expected that this vessel would be delivered on July 17 and the service would begin at the end of July. Unfortunately, after the trial runs last week it was found that some of the bearings of the gears had overheated and that four of them will have to be renewed. Though the shipyard is working overtime on the job, it is expected that renewal of these bearings will delay the delivery of the vessel by about 14 days and make it necessary to postpone for a corresponding time the inauguration of the proposed service.
Subtopic: YARMOUTH-BAR HARBOR-INAUGURATION OP SERVICE