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 5 of 107)


July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

I said nothing of the kind, I said these two boats, the ' Tunisian ' and the ' Bavarian,' were satisfactory to the people, and the ' Parisian ' was an old favourite, these two boats as compared with the others would be a distinct improvement in the service and one that would be pleasing to the people. The hon. gentleman also said we had slow boats enough for carrying grain and freight. That is all very well, we have slow boats enough for carrying freight, but where is the freight to put in them ? The freight was not there last winter, and as a consequence they could not run these large boats, the ' Bavarian ' and the ' Tunisian,' and they had to put on the ' Laurentian,' the ' Pretorian ' and boats of that kind. Now if we can get freight to these ocean ports which will fill the slower boats, it will build up the business of the country and the company can afford to run swifter boats. Now with regard to the pretention of the hon. gentleman that the people -want to travel by swift boats, he is entirely mistaken,

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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.

That will depend on the rapidity with which the country is opened up and advances. The trouble at Halifax was this, that the company could not secure freight for the larger steamers. The ' Tunisian ' and the ' Bavarian ' had to sail out of Halifax several times with very little cargo. Besides the loss of running the ship, there is the danger of navigating a light ship in winter, and the company were forced to put on smaller and inferior vessels. The ' Tunisian ' and ' Bavarian ' are good boats, well fitted up, and with twin screws, and the ' Parisian,' while older and smaller, has always been one of the favourite boats on the Atlantic route. I think we may congratulate ourselves that we have the improvements which are manifest in this contract. When we are able to ship our products of the west from our maritime ports, we will be in a position to secure the very fast and continuous service we are hoping for, and we are confident that will be realized in the near future.

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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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July 7, 1904

Mr. WADE.

Not at all.

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