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

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

There can be no objection to the item standing over. But I do not think it is profitable that we should enter to-day into the conflicting statements that have been made with regard to the amount of business that is offered at St. John. I offer no opinion, except to say that the contractors made representations as to the amount of business they had been able to get at 'St. John, and their representations do not harmonize with the information which my hon. friend representing that city has received. However, I did not think it was worth while our discussing it to-day, because we desire to hold the matter over so as to allow us to look into 'both sides of the question, and I will undertake to say that it will be thoroughly investigated before any decision is reached. In regard to the efficiency of the service it is well to remember that if you are calling at a number of islands there will be inevitable delay. You may get a vessel that in some respects will be better at sea, but not better suited to the different ports, and perhaps not so well, because, if you have a larger vessel with a heavier draught, she cannot approach many of these islands. You could not make some of these islands except with the assistance of lighters.

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