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

LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

It is after 1896 that the most important work was done. In 1894-5-6, there were great complaints against the St. Lawrence route and we had any amount of difficulty in dispelling the wrong impression that had been formed regarding it. We all know the efforts that were made by the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal and the shipping interests of Quebec and Montreal in 1896 to convince the government that it was a question of life or death for the St. Lawrence route that certain improvements should be made ; and it has been since that time that large sums were voted in order to improve the route and remove the bad impression which had been formed concerning it.

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