Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
When my bon. friend (Mr. R. L. Borden) called this matter to the attention of the House the other day my hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Brodeur) was not in his seat. I wired at once to Mr. Beland, the agent of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, as to this matter and he sent me a telegram which, I think, was communicated to the House by my hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries. I also received this morning from Mr. Beland a letter on the same subject. If I had known that the matter would again be brought up I would have brought it to the attention of the House and read it. I shall do so on Monday. With regard to the later charge that the steamer ' Champlain ' did not call at St. Irene, although scheduled to do so, that is a new charge of which I have not heard, but as to which I will make inquiry. The steamer ' Champlain' is doing ferry work between River Ouelle and Murray Bay.