May 13, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


The accomplishment of the object of this proposed expedition would have a very important bearing on our interests. In the impression of many, the discovery of the north pole would enable us much more easily to determine what is our own in making a dividing line between our territory and that of Russia and the United States, leaving aside altogether the great advertisement which it would give this country. I do not think that the government should give a very large grant; but according to the newspapers, jtiaptain Bernier has. been very successful up to the present in getting private subscriptions, and the hope is entertained that he will succeed in getting all that is needed, through these subscriptions, except the supply of a vessel. If a vessel could be supplied for $00,000, that does not appear a very large sum, and I think we might go that far, if he were able to secure all the additional support he requires.
Amount required for repairs to marine hospitals and the building of an hospital at Louis-burg. N.S., $12,000.

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