1. Did the government, during the present year, receive a petition from the inhabitants of Vic-oria West and surrounding settlements in Prince county, P.E.I., asking for the construction of a pier at Higgins' Shore in said county?
2. If so, is it the intention of the government to grant the prayer of said petition and have an amount placed in the supplementary estimates this session for the construction of said work?
Subtopic: PIER AT HIGGINS' SHORE.
Some weeks ago the right hon. gentleman Informed us that certain papers relating to the claim of Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann would be brought down. I would like to have the papers brought down as early as the hon. gentleman's convenience will permit, because it is desirable there should not be any further delay with regard to any government measures, unless it is unavoidable. I may also say in this connection, that if there are any resolutions in regard to railway subsidies to be presented to the House, I think it is desirable they should be brought down as soon as possible, so that a fair opportunity of discussion may be had by the House. In past years-and I am not referring to any particular administratiou in saying this-it has been more or less a practice to bring down such resolutions at a somewhat late date in the session. I think it would be well to turn over a new leaf in that respect, and have them brought down at such a date as will enable them to receive the fair consideration that such measures should receive at the hands of this House.
The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).
I can inform my hon. friend that the papers relating to the claim of Mackenzie & Mann will be brought down at an early date. Some information is still wanted, and we shall have it very shortly. With regard to the railway resolutions, the hon. gentleman's Question is not unnatural, and I can inform him that all the business of the House yet to be brought down will be brought down this week and early next week. *
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to call the attention of the Prime Minister to a return that has been laid on the Table of the House last week. It was the partial report of Mr. Justice Prendergast in respect to the sale of school lands in Manitoba. I find that this return Is quite incomplete; at least, it does not cover the whole report that is expected to be received from the presiding judge at that inquiry. I see in one of the last sheets of this report that the judge mentions that he lias still to supplement his partial report with a fuller report, giving general considerations of certain features of the sale as a whole. He stated on April 15, that he hoped to be able to transmit this report the day following. This general report is not included in the return that I hold in my hand. I may say also that the evidence that was taken before the judge should have been included in this return.
I hope that the government will see their way clear to bring down the last report and the" evidence that was taken.
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to draw the attention of the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier), and of the Minister of Public Works (Hon. Mr. Tarte), whom I am glad to see in his seat, to a matter that I propose to bring- up to-morrow. I would like the hon. Minister of Public Works to lay upon the Table of the House before tomorrow the lease that was entered into between the government and the owner of the Seybold building, which the government have rented for three years, and also the lease of the building that is being erected on Metcalfe street. To-morrow, on going into supply, I intend to have something to say in reference to the Seybold property and will conclude witn a motion.
Mr. Speaker, before entering upon the Orders of the Day, I would like to ask the Minister of Railways and Canals (Hon. Mr. Blair) if he cannot allow this question, No. 6, to stand on the Order paper and give me an answer to-morrow. There cannot be a great many men employed, and it should not be a very difficult question to answer. I would like to have this question stand on the Order paper and give the hon. gentleman an opportunity of answering it.
Topic: TRAIN HANDS ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND RAILWAY.
1 had a question on the Order paper, but I am afraid it will be too late. This is a matter of some urgency.
I see that the shipping interests of Montreal. who constituted an inquiry some months ago, the result of which was discussed in this House, have resumed the inquiry. 1 believe the taking of evidence is to begin to-morrow, and I would like to ask l the government if they intend taking part in that inquiry and will be represented there. -