Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1877
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p.3 Board of Trade - Canal Nvigation - Mr. Power brought up a question which he thought ought to be discussed by the Dominion Board of Trade, the navigation of the New York canals by Canadian barges. It was a fact that while Canadian barges were actually prohibited by high dues from navigating the canals of New York State or the Hudson River, and getting return cargoes of coal for the lumber they took over, American barges came over to Canada and passed through the Canadian canals with coal, and taking away lumber in return without paying any dues whatever. The result was that Canadian barges were lying idle at Ottawa while American barges were getting as much business as they could do. He held there was a great unfairness in this which should be remedied, and the Dominion Board of Trade ought to take the matter up and try to get the unfairness remedied.
Mr. Harty endorsed the statement of Mr. Power as to the facts.
The President said he was of opinion that this subject had been discussed at the last meeting of the Dominion Board of Trade in presence of several American gentlemen, who admitted the grievance, but said the Federal Government could not remedy it, the canals being either State or private property. The Federal Government had agreed to use all the influence possible with the State Government to get the difficulty removed, but apparently without success.
After some conversation it was agreed to transmit the subject for discussion to the Dominion Board of Trade, one member suggesting that the Ottawa barge owners ought to be very grateful to the Kingston Board of Trade for looking after their interests.
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