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

L-C

Edward Hackett

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HACKETT.

I would like to say that we in the province of Prince Edward Island are situated in a very peculiar manner, owing to the monopoly that has existed there for fifty or sixty years. We have been looking for the government to wipe out that monopoly, and place us in the same position as the other provinces of Canada. This Act applies to the newspapers of Canada. I think it is the duty of the government to at once undertake the wiping out of that monopoly, and the placing of the newspapers of Prince Edward Island on the same footing as the newspapers of the other parts of the Dominion of Canada. We have been promised relief from time to time. Some years ago Sir Louis H. Davies, who is now one of the justices of the Supreme Court, stated in this parliament that there was no monopoly. He said that in a year or two the people of Prince Edward Island would ascertain that they are not bound down by this monopoly. That was eight or ten years ago, and yet the people are in the same position.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SUPPLIES FOB GOVERNMENT RAIL' WAYS.
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