May 10, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Adam Brown Crosby

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not know' anything of the Acadia Steamship Company of Annapolis. I have sent for Lloyd's Register, and we will be able to ascertain in a short time whether they have any such boats or not. But, in the meantime, I will undertake to say, from my knowledge of shipping, that the Acadia Steamship Company of Annapolis do not own any such boats, and I do not know any company which does own any boat which can bo used for the transportation of apples from Annapolis to the old country. Therefore, the company must charter boats to go and make a trip at certain seasons of the year when boats are available for that work. This money can only be handed over to a company, calling themselves by what name they may, and if we hand it over to them we ought to know to whom we are handing it over even if we do not follow the money any further. The hon. Minister of Militia and Defence (Sir Frederick Borden), who is right beside the First Minister, must know the Acadian Steamship Company of Annapolis. I have some men in my mind. For instance there is Mr. Chase who is a large exporter of apples and potatoes from that country. If you could say that Mr. Chase is at the head of any such company I would say it was all right because I know Mr. Chase as everybody does. But not knowing the names of any of the men associated with this company, we are simply voting money when we do not know exactly for what purpose it is going to be used. It may be done with all good intentions.

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