The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1886

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It is no secret that the Montreal Transportation Company are moving heaven and earth to secure possession of the Queen's wharf (at Tete Du Pont barracks), and the use of the water in the immediate vicinity. It would be something new in history for a government to spend the people's money in building, re-building, and keeping in repairs certain works, for alleged military purposes, and hand the same over to a private and speculative concern as a reward for any political ? it may have been credited with performing.

It is to the honor and praise of leading Conservatives that they have opposed the outrageous demand of the company, and with a rigour promising of success, they have forwarded a petition to Ottawa, influentially signed, protesting against the surrender of the government to the company, and we are bound to believe that their protest will be respected. It was to be expected that the actions of the petitioners would raise the ire of one of the company's agents, that he should not only tell one of the protestants what he thinks about them, but that he should set out for Ottawa to "beard the lion in his den," as it were. That he would assume to bull doze the premier to play the dictator, and threaten dire consequences if defeated in his plans, we have no doubt; he may, forsooth, have said too much and necessitated a repetition at Ottawa of the apology offered to a certain party in Kingston.

Now for the party results of this business we have little concern, but in the interests of Kingston we do hope that parliament and the people will have something to say about it. The Montreal Transportation Company have no right to usurp any military property. Over and over again their agents have boasted of their wealth; let them, if they want more wharf accommodation, purchase it as others have had to do. The greatness or the influence of the company must not be allowed to terrorize a community like ours into a submission to injustice. They have imposed enough upon the city already. There is a limit to public sufferance, and that limit has been reached.

These points must be remembered - that the acquirement of the Queen's wharf by the M.T. Co. would affect the public interests in regard to water privileges, and the harbor committee cannot overlook the fact; it would affect the Cataraqui Bridge Company, making their property of much less value, since the opening in it for passing boats would be seriously obstructed; it would affect the people's pockets, their possessions being gobbled by an unduly favored monopoly.

There has been some interesting correspondence on the subject. Let it be moved for in parliament and the whole facts of the case laid before the people.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1886