Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
1 wish to draw attention to the following telegram :
Contracts are about to be signed between the Canadian and French governments involving the establishment of a new steamship line of four vessels between Halifax and Rocliefort-Sur-Mer for the purpose of developing the Canadian lumber trade with France. France will obtain considerable advantage from the new arrangement, as there may be a reduction of the Canadian tariff in favour of certain lines of French manufactured goods much used in the Dominion.
Bach government promises to subsidize two vessels which will offer passenger service, transferring travellers to the Canadian Pacific at Halifax, whence there is direct and rapid communication with New York. It is stated that the freight interests of the Canadian Pacific, which taps an enormous lumber region, played a great part in the new enterprise. The scheme was first officially sketched during Premier Laurier's visit to Paris last summer. That the scheme should be based on the reduction of the Canadian tariff in certain directions in
favour of France occasions comment here, in view of Mr. Chamberlain's recent utterances regarding intercolonial and British commercial union.
I wish to ask my bori. friend who is leading the House whether or not he is able to announce as to the authenticity oY the information contained in that telegram ?