September 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The hon. gentleman refers to a case in which the cable company constitutes itself a news agent for collectiong and distributing the news. But in this case the cable company will not be the news agents. In this case, the cost of the service will include the cost of the agencies in London, the payment of salaries, the incidental expenses, and the cost of the tolls, which will all be a charge upon one common fund. The government will contribute the sums herein mentioned to that fund, and the newspapers must satisfy us that they have contributed at least as much to that fund. What proportion they will pay for salaries and what proportion for cables, is a matter they will arrange amongst themselves. We do not distinguish at' all between cable tolls and salaries. These, and all the costs of the service, are charged to a common fund, and to that fund we contribute the sums herein mentioned.

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