September 5, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

As I am afraid there may be some connection between the W. S. Loggie Co. Limited and the hon. member for Northumberland, I want to put myself straight on the situation. I am just as strongly opposed to this vote as I was to the vote in regard to Nova Scotia, or as I will be in regard to the votes in regard to Quebec and British Columbia. I have never been on the ground actually myself, but, as I understand, perhaps 30 or 40 years ago the Federal Government built a telegraph line from Chatham, down the south bank of the Miramiohi river, running out to a point at the mouth of the Miramichi river called Point Escuminac. This line was extended to Point Sapin. It was for many years run as a telegraph line, and no doubt was of very great value, because it was used in connection with shipping; the arrival and departure of vessels being telegraphed to Chatham and in that way reached headquarters at Ottawa. I have never been at this place myself and, therefore, I cannot speak with the knowledge of the toon, gentleman from Northumberland, but I know that the New Brunswick Tele-

phone Company goes to Escun^jpac, and has a line to Kouchibouguac. It seems this is a proposal to extend the line beyond the point at which the Government line of telephone comes in contact *with the 'New Brunswick line.

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