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


Edward Hackett



I remember that twenty years ago, when the government were extending their lines to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and to the Magdalen islands, it was intended they should make Souris on tiie eastern part of Prince Edward Island tiie landing station, as being the point nearest to the Magdalen islands with which to connect the system to the rest of the world. When the gentlemen who were carrying out that service and who were employed by the government attempted to land their lines at East Point or Souris in order to complete their svstem they were prevented from doing so by this Anglo-American Company, a private company. Now, it appears to me, that, while the company asserted itself very strongly at that time, it is still holding to its rights. The people of Prince Edward Island have not the telegraph facilities that are enjoyed by other parts of the Dominion, because between eight o'clock in the evening and eight o'clock in the morning, the telegraph offices are closed.
was extending its telegraph service along the Gulf of St. La wrence this Anglo-American Company withstood the government even, and would not allow them to land on the island. Our" fishermen, therefore, cannot get the benefits of this government telegraph service that the fishermen of other provinces receive. I believe that this is a most opportune time to call this hardship to the atttention of the government. If there be a monopoly, let the government arrange with the monopolists to get rid of it, and if there be no monopoly, let the law advisers of the Crown say so, and we will soon get rid of it in that way. The Finance Minister says that tiie fact that parliament has chartered another company this year shows there is no monopoly, but in opposition to that we have the fact that the Anglo-American Company maintained its monopoly in the face of the government itself.

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