June 14, 1917

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Could not the minister make it more binding on the company in this respect in view of the very poor service on that coast? I have received a petition from Anse -aux Gascons, thirty miles east of Paspebiac, asking that the boat call there. I forwarded the petition on to the proprietor of the boat in Montreal, -but have had no answer yet. If an arrangement could be made by the department to give better

service on that part of the coast it would he greatly appreciated.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

That port is beyond Gaspe?

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

We have another service between Campfeellton and Dalhousie and we pay them for the service to Gaspe. We do not wish to pay a double subsidy on the portion of the coast between Gaspe and Paspebiac, -but if the company wishes to go beyond Gaspe to Paspebiac we do not put any bar in their way, so long as they perform the service between Quebec and Gaspe for which we pay them.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

The minister understands why they should go to Paspebiac. They may have through freight from Montreal and Paspebiac, and that being the chief station of the largest firm in the district, anything the minister could do in improving the service would be of benefit.

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Arthur Bliss Copp

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

Referring to the services between St. John and ports on the Cumberland basin, what boat is engaged in the service and what trips does she make?

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

It is the same steamer that has been on for some years, the Harbinger, run by the Harbinger Steamship Company. The ports of call are St. John, Albert, Riverside, Harvey, Jog-gins Mines, Minudie, Riviere Hebert, and a call is required at Amherst Point wharf when there is freight offering for that port.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The contract is for a trip once a week.

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Arthur Bliss Copp

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

Last evening an item was passed providing for the service on the Petitcodiac river. I saw an item to the effect that this 'boat would not be in service this year.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I think I was told in the department the other day that there was a doubt as to whether this boat would go on or not. I will inquire.

Steam service between Sydney and Bay St. Lawrence, calling at way ports, $6,000.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

This is a very important service. While we may criticise a good many of these services, this is one that I wish to bring in the most serious way to the notice of the minister. He has received petitions, I know, from that part of the country asking for a better service. I am

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not complaining of the present service, but it is impossible for one boat to satisfactorily perform that service.

The route covers a distance of nearly 120 miles from Sydney along the coast of Cape Breton and Victoria counties, extending as far back as a place called Meat Cove at the extreme northern part of the island of Cape Breton. The ports along this part of the coast are good fishing places-Bay St. Lawrence, Meat Cove, White Point Dingwall, Neil's Harbour, North Ingonish, South Ingonish, Breton, Cove, Barrachois Plaster, North Shore, English Town, Jersey Cove, Murray, South Gut, North Sydney and Sydney. As was brought out in the discussion the other day with regard to the fishing business, it is necessary that fishermen should be enabled to get their products to the markets. One boat cannot do justice to the business done at the places which I have mentioned. The present boat was specially built for this route, and the company would probably secure another boat if they received some encouragement in .the way of subsidy. I voice the sentiments of the people along the northern part of Nova Scotia when I ask that they be given better accommodation than they are now receiving. Representations along these lines have been made to the minister by friends of his own party. I mention these facts not in any spirit of carping criticism, but in the hope that the minister will give the matter consideration, in view of the fact that it is absolutely necessary that this part of the province should have better accommodation.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

My hon. friend knows the difficulty of getting either more money or more ships. However, there is always hope for the future.

Steam service from Sydney, N.S. around the east coast of Cape Breton to Hastings and return to Sydney via the Bras d'Or Lakes, $5,500.

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

Will the minister tell the committee what amount of traffic was carried in this service last year, the number of trips made and the number of passengers carried?

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Thirty-four

round trips were made, 1,045 tons of freight were carried, and 35 passengers.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Sydney, North

Sydney, Plort M.orien, Main-a-dieu, Louis-burg, Gabarus, L.Ardoise, Petit de Grat,

Arichat,'West Arichat, Mulgrave, Hawkes-bury. On the return: Grandique, Poula-mond, St. Peters, Johnston's Harbour, Irish Cove, Big Pond, North Side East Bay, South Side East Bay, 'Castle Bay, Grand Narrows and North Sydney.

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George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

I wish to call the attention of the minister to a matter concerning which representations have been made to his department from time to time, that of the necessity for a steamship service at the port of Fourchu on the south coast line of Cape Breton. Fourchu is one of the most important and prosperous fishing communities on that coast, but it has no communication with any of the ports of Nova Scotia. It has no railway accommodation, the nearest railway being about 25 miles distant. Up to a few years ago a sailing vessel carried to Fourchu purchases made by the merchants at various ports in Nova Scotia and carried away the products of the fisheries, but this service has not been in operation during the last three or four years. It is desirable that the steamship company enjoying the subsidy which is under consideration should be requested to call at the port of Fourchu.

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June 14, 1917