Fletcher Bath WADE

WADE, Fletcher Bath, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Annapolis (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
September 9, 1852
Deceased Date
May 23, 1905
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fletcher_Bath_Wade
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=31d3af3f-38b1-47cc-8763-92df545c639f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - August 20, 1904
LIB
  Annapolis (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 107)


July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

it is a very great improvement, because of these two new boats, one will have an average speed of 17 knots and the other will be somewhat faster. I understand that the second boat, which is being built, is likely to be a little speedier, but at any rate we are getting two boats with an average speed of 17 knots. They will be very superior boats. I have had the opportunity of looking at the specideations and diagrams and I consider they will be a great improvement to the service. While it is most desirable we should have the speediest service we can get, there is a good deal in what has been said by my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk), and that is that the travelling public to-day are looking more for comfort than for great speed. The favourite and most comfortable boats now running out of New York are the 'Cedric' and 'Arabic', and those large comfortable boats have not a speed of over 17 knots. Considering the condition of Canada and her population, if we are able to make from year to year, or every two years, a substantial advance towards securing these very fast steamers, we are accomplishing a great deal. It is a question whether a service of 17 or 18 knots would not be a service quite commensurate with the best interests of Canada. Of course if we could afford to have a daily ferry such as they have in New York, we would be in a position to attract a large proportion of the travel of the United states as well as of Canada, but we cannot hope to do that yet and it will be some time before we can.

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July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

I think I know something about the desires of people who travel across the Atlantic on pleasure bent. The hon. gentleman is quite wrong. There is a certain class of business men who need to travel in great haste and will take the fastest line, but the great mass of the travelling public I am speaking about are looking principally for comfortable boats, which are not what we style ocean greyhounds. Now if we can 'secure two of these boats for this service running to Canada, it is going to be a great benefit, and a great advantage in other directions, it is going to improve the service. This contract expires at the end of two years, after which we may be able to make still more progress than we are making now. As I said before, if we are able to carry our products to the ocean ports for shipment there so that we can give these boats business and trade, there is no doubt but that we will get in due time the fast service that we are all so anxious to secure.

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July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

With regard to this particular line of steamships the apple shippers of Nova Scotia are not so much concerned ; they do not carry very many of the apples from Nova Scotia, inasmuch as their destination is Liverpool, while our market is London. . With regard to New Brunswick, I have heard of no complaint except in one case, that of a steamship which was in distress and put in at the Azores, with the result that her cargo was landed in bad condition. The Canadian , Pacific Railway boats and other lines that carry fruit have landed their cargoes in good condition, and no complaint has been made about them. I would like to see the government retain a control over the rates charged by the steamship lines. I do not know anything about the rates on grain, but I think the government should have some control over the freight rates on fruit.

1 take exception to the statement made by the hon. member for Toronto (Mr. Clarke), that this vote is for a mail subsidy alone. It is a subsidy for a mail and a steamship service, and I think the freight service which we are able to obtain is very important, and should be well looked after. So far as my province is concerned, I must say that very good work has been done as regards the shipment of fruit. The stringency cf the provisions of the contract which the government has exacted from the steamship people lias compelled them to carry the fruit over in a very much better condition than formerly. lLast year it gave absolute satisfaction, except in the case of one steamer, to which I have directed the ministers attention.

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July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

Not necessarily. I will make my hon. friend understand by telling him that all big steamship companies run their very fast boats at a loss and make up the loss on their other business with their other boats. Not one of these ocean greyhounds, which run out of New York, is run at a profit, but the profit on the company's other business compensates for the loss on the swift boats.

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July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

I know it in the same way you would know anything ; from informa-1974

tion I have gathered. I have been at pains to inquire. I have been on the docks in London and have seen the fruit delivered Irom the steamers. I have been at the market, and have seen the fruit there. I have conversed with the leading shippers throughout the Annapolis valley, and from their testimony I am justified in forming my opinion.

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