June 9, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)



The speed at sea is about ten knots, and against that there is the delay at the islands. Undoubtedly, calling at many islands is a serious trouble. The principal markets of the West Indies may be described as Trinidad, Barbadoes and Demarara, British Guiana, which is on the mainland, though we commonly .speak of it as the West Indies. These are the principal markets. But there are a number of smaller inlands which have some little trades which we naturally desire to cultivate, and)

the British government being parties to the contract, also desire that the smaller islands shall be considered. We have been; working in harmony with them in a policy which would develop trade in the smaller markets as well as in the larger ones.

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