June 17, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)



When I got an official of the department to prepare this statement, it was in order to inform people on the other side of what he was doing for the St. Lawrence route. In doing this, I simply followed the example of my predecessor who issued a similar pamphlet. The information in this pamphlet is taken from the report of the Marine Department. It is a condensation of what is contained in that report and better adapted for ready reference. The hon. gentleman would be surprised if I were to show him the numerous letters we have received from England and other European countries asking for more of these pamphlets, so as to post themselves on what is going on in the department. We at first ordered 2,000, and these were distributed only to people connected with the shipping interest and members of parliament.

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