If the men who feel aggrieved in connection with leather would state that the removal of the duty would break up this combine and remedy this injustice, would the hon. minister order an investigation ?
Why not have the commission enlarged to inquire into this line as well ? The hon. member for West Huron (Mr. Holmes) inquired as to the possibility of taking this up under the Criminal Code. The Criminal Code has been changed, and I believe that it could now be taken up under it, which might not have been the ease a few years ago. But, the government have been asked to appoint a commission to inquire into it. They have appointed a commission for one line, and what I would suggest is, that this commission should be authorized to inquire into this other line as well. It will satisfy these men who, for years, have been doing their utmost to get the government to take it up.
I told my hon. friend that the ease was presented, and after careful inquiries, we came to the conclusion that the Tariff Act did not afford the remedy they desired, that it would be no relief to them to reduce or abolish the duty, but that the proceeding ought to be taken under the Criminal Code.
This is a special item in connection with the case of Mr. Burland, of the British Bank Note Company. We have obtained judgment for something over $99,000. This involved a large expenditure in connection with the auditing of the books to find the true amount due us.
This is in connection with the case against Mr. Connor for the recovery of a sum due in 1896 for binder twine sold and delivered, but not paid for. It was found that the accounts of the penitentiary were not kept with great regularity. It was thought better to have a complete audit of the books-
There is a balance of about $9,000, which is as good as collected, because there are large amounts payable from the Department of Railways and Canals to the Connollys in connection with a contract they had at St. John, and out of that, the Auditor General is keeping enough to pay this account. Our judgment is against the Connollys as well as against Connor, and the Connollys are good. Practically, that matter of the binder twine is now closed.