Of course it presents a very great anomaly, because if you spend such a large amount as that in towns which have a great deal of promise, the fact remains that in the city of Montreal where our harbours are still unimproved, the trade has to bear the charges of the improvements that are being made there. It is a very regrettable fact, as Mr. Reeve stated last year when he visited Montreal harbour with the Harbour Commissioners, that it was not possible immediately to put that harbour on a proper footing without any further delay. I would not begrudge any improvements that are being made at Sorel. Of course Three Rivers has a very important harbour, and Quebec I need not speak of, but you have this great difference that what is being done at these places is being done at the expense of the govern-
ment, and all that Is being done in Montreal is done at the expense of the trade. Under these circumstances it is a pity that this expenditure cannot be slightly reduced.