I have to ask that vote again. I am sorry to say that though negotiations have been going on with the Russian government for the last four years we have not been able to come to a conclusion as to the terms of the reference. I was not able to make this statement until within the last few days. We have insisted upon having the reference made on terms which would enable us to get justice for our vessels that were seized. And we think that the terms upon which the Russian government are willing to make the reference would prevent us getting justice. These vessels were seized a long distance from shore while they were engaged in the lawful killing of seals. The Russian government make a claim for control for sixty miles around their islands.
No, this had nothing to do with the American cases. I take the vote, however, in case we do succeed in coming to an agreement. We continue pressing upon the Russian government the necessity for having this reference made in language which we think will enable us to get justice; we will not refer on any other terms.
In the Qu'Appelle district, we hope, but the exact location is not fixed yet. I hope Mr. Commissioner Prince will be able to go there and fix the location himself.
Towards the establishment and maintenance of a fishery biological laboratory in Georgian Bay, to be paid to such persons and on such terms and conditions as the Governor in Council may prescribe, $1,500.
We do not establish it. The scientific gentlemen connected with the universities. Prof. Burwash, I think, of Victoria University, and others will organize it and have charge of it. This is a grant similar to that made towards the laboratory in the maritime provinces two or three years ago. That has been a great success, they are doing excellent work, and I hope this will be an equal success.
Some resolutions reported.
The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) moved the adjournment of the House.
I want to say that yesterday, when the question of the sitting of committees during the sitting of the House was being considered, I suggested to the chairman of the Railway Committee that it should be called at ten o'clock, and I understood him to assent to that. But I find by the paper before me it is called at eleven o'clock as usual. It seems to me it would have been better to call it at ten o'clock.