It seems to me strange that we should grant a subsidy to a company of which we do not know even the president, or the directors. It also seems to me strange to grant a subsidy to a steamship company to go to Annapolis and load apples when we have at the same time a company running from Halifax to the same port to which we grant a subsidy. I can see no reason for granting a further subsidy. [I am not conversant with the boats just mentioned, but I think we ought to have time to see whether these boats are British or Norwegian boats. We know that subsidies are being paid to foreign boats running from Canadian ports to the West Indies. Therefore, I say we should be careful, before we grant subsidies, to know something about the company, and something about the boats. The boats referred to as having a subsidy, from the city of Halifax particularly for this trade, are boats of the Furness Line, but the boats of that line are all British boats. That subsidy is granted to assist this particular trade, and amounts to $25,000 a year. I think that boats can be had to carry apples from Annapolis to the other side without any subsidy at all. I think Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
a subsidy granted to a line running from St. John to the West Indies which I do not think was very successful, and that subsidy was largely given to a Norwegian boat.