Daniel Duncan McKenzie
They cannot carry a
pound of freight from one Canadian port to another Canadian port. When we are carrying coal from North Sydney to Montreal, that is, of course, from one Canadian port to another. They cannot handle that trade. Therefore, it is highly important that our boats should do the business-I am not suggesting that they do it for nothing-as cheaply as possible and put us on an independent footing, so that our companies can make contracts with Quebec, Montreal and other places, knowing that they will always have the steamers to carry the coal. The minister is, perhaps, not aware that this is the situation to-day.
I have made inquiries of the Marine and Customs Departments within the last two days, and I was positively informed tonight, that no Norwegian boat, nor any
other foreign boat, can carry freight between any one port and another in Canada.
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