I am sorry that I have not the report of the Minister of Justice in my hand, but I think there are hon. members who will bear me out in the statement that ten cents a day is a fairly good allowance for maintaining prisoners in the county jails in Ontario, at least. There are counties in that province where prisoners are well fed at even less than ten cents a day, in some instances for eight cents a day.
I doubt if the hon. member will find this statement as a matter of formal report in the report of the Minister of Justice, because 'the maintenance of prisoners in Ontario jails is a provincial matter entirely.
Contribution for Canadian Law Library, London, England, $250.
This item has been in the estimates for ten or fifteen years past. They have in the Canadian office in London a law library that is accessible to all Canadians who visit the High Commissioner's office in London. I can say from
personal experience that it is exceedingly convenient for us to have access in London to our own statutes and works of that sort. Those who visit London on business, especially professional men, find it very convenient to have such a library. It was inaugurated by the late Sir John Thompson, and has been of great service.
Of course we get our statutes gratis, we get the reports of our Supreme Court gratis; but the reports of the provincial courts they do not get, the law books of the provinces they have to purchase. This amount is all expended each year for that purpose.
Allowance for expenses of the Hon. Wm. Mu-lock as representative of Canada on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Commonwealth of Australia, $10,000.
Would the government tell us whether any special instructions were given to the hon. Postmaster General (Hon. Mr. Mulock) looking to a trade preference as between Australia and Canada, or anything else, or could they tell us what his instructions are in connection with his trip to Australia ?
The hon. Postmaster General has gone to Australia for the inauguration of the first parliament of the Commonwealth. He has gone upon invitation, and therefore his first object is simply to represent Canada. He has no special instructions, but of course he is expected to have an eye to business, and to see what can be done to develop our trade relations with that country.
This is in connection with transportation. When the militia was withdrawn a year ago from the Yukon there were some unsettled bills, the accounts have only been adjusted recently, and this is the balance due for the transportation of goods in and for transportation out from Dawson City.
It is not exactly apropos of this subject, but I was questioned to-day as to the rate which the Electric Railway Company were allowed to charge in carrying men out to the rifle range. I understood the hon. minister to say, the other day, in answer to my question, that they would carry them at a 5-cent rate.
It seems to me that in consideration of the government having paid for the ties and rails-I do not know whether the right-of-way was given them- they are not granting very great concessions to those who use the line in going to the rifle range.