The hon. member for Guysborough (Mr. Sinclair) knows as well as I do that there is no steamship company in the world that does not own some boat. While the Canadian Pacific railway and other big lines charter boats at times, they have some boats to start with and they have something to offer when they ask for a subsidy. But here we have a company asking for a subsidy that has no boat at all, and that does not propose to own a boat, not to speak of having her registered in the Dominion. I know Mr. Whitman very well. Something has taken place
within the last year that will alter the whole conditions of trade with Annapolis. I am as anxious to see facilities for trade provided at Annapolis as at Halifax or anywhere else. The Canadian Pacific railway have recently bought the Western Counties railway, and they will no doubt make a strong bid for the apple trade from the Annapolis district. They will, I believe, give every advantage to the people of Annapolis and Western Nova Scotia to get their fruit to the old country not only at a low freight rate, but in such an excellent condition that tramp steamers cannot compete with them.