Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
My hon. friend is a doubting Thomas, but I will try and convince him that his suspicions are without foundation. We have the information from the hon. member for Annapolis that the company is composed of farmers, and that they charter boats for the purpose of shipping their own fruit, and an inquiry made by the Auditor General brought out a reply which is to be found in the report of the Trade and Uom-merce Department for 1909-10, which will give the history of the service. The hon. gentleman will find the correspondence in
the Auditor General's Report for the year 1909-10. The correspondence is as follows: Audit Office, Ottawa, December 21, 1909.
Sir,-In the contract with the Acadia Steamship Company for steamship service between Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and London or Hull, England, the payment of the subsidy of $1,000 for each voyage is made dependent on evidence being submitted to the department, sufficient to show that the ' fruit or other perishable produce shipped on such voyage was carried and delivered at the port of destination in good and satisfactory condition in so far as proper storage and ventilation thereof were concerned.' Have you received the necessary evidence in the way of certificate or otherwise that the fruit carried on the voyages for which you ask payment in your application of the 16th instant reached its destination in good and satisfactory condition ?
I am, sir, your obedient servant,