I understand the minister to say that I was complaining that the expenditure was too heavy. What I complained of was that we were either spending too little or too much. We are spending too much for a very imperfect service and too little for a very good service. And while we have been spending a very considerable sum, our expenditure is without much effect, because the disease has been imported over and over again from the other side notwithstanding all our precautions. I cannot understand liow so large a number of cases could come in if ordinary precautions had been taken. I do not complain of the expense, but of the laxity of the regulations and the provisions taken to prevent the importation of the disease.
Is there any correspondence in the department between the two ? It would be very advisable for the Dominion to secure the co-operation of the local authorities in stamping out this disease. In some sections of Ontario it has made considerable ravages, and our urban muni-
cipalities have had to expend large sums. It is utterly impossible to think that if there were co-operation between the Dominion and the provincial officers more satisfactory results would not be obtained. It is unfortunate, notwithstanding the appointments of so many officers along the frontier in Ontario, that such a vast number of cases have been allowed to pass.
The newspapers say so, and they got their information from the medical authorities very largely, and their reports have been found substantially correct. At any rate, I think that better results would be obtained if the Dominion officers would co-operate with the provincial officers.
Mr. LaRIVIERE. I would ask for the same privilege for Manitoba. I understand that the disease spread considerably in Manitoba on account of the laxity of the service at the boundary in allowing cases from Dakota to cross the line. We have had several cases traced to Dakota.
The MINISTER OF' AGRICULTURE. My inspector denies point blank that anything of the kind occurred.
Mr. LaRIVIERE. There is a general complaint in Manitoba that cases of small-pox were allowed to cross the border. The fact is notorious.