Hon. SYDNEY FISHER (Minister of Agriculture).
We have one government steamer at Grosse Isle which is used for going out to meet incoming vessels. The service there requires two vessels, one to be used by the officers in meeting vessels for purposes of inspection and another, which is equipped with the disinfecting apparatus, so that at any time when a vessel needs to be disinfected the steamer fitted with the disinfecting apparatus may be laid up against her and per form the disinfection. This vessel also does the work of carrying people to and from quarantine, and also of conveying them from quarantine to Quebec, where we have to deliver them after their release. For some years back we have been chartering vessels for these purposes. It has been almost impossible to get a suitable vessel, and we have felt that it was necessary to procure a vessel of our own instead of being dependent on chartered vessels. This last year I was paving, and the present year I am paying no less than $4,200 for the use of a vessel for the season, and I have to pay the crew and the equipment and expenses as well. I felt that that was a bad paying business for the country. I therefore ask for a vote which will enable me to purchase a vessel and keep her and manage her for this purpose, so as to be relieved in the future of this heavy charge.