Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
I object to this if it is regarded as carrying out the understanding upon which the motion of my hon. friend from Yarmouth (Mr. Flint) passed last night. I do not consider that the parties would be in exactly the same position if they are not here when counsel are addressing the committee in favour of the Bill. If counsel are here in the absence of one side the parties are not in the position in which they should be placed. I would not have permitted the motion to pass last night without further discussion, if I had
not distinctly under-stood that the people interested would have an opportunity of coining before the committee. Under the arrangements proposed, the Bill would be heard partly in the absence of those interested in opposing it. The Minister of Marine and Fisheries seems to think that is all right, but his colleague (Hon. Mr. Sifton) sitting alongside of him, will tell him that if anything of that kind were proposed in a court of law, it would be laughed at. This inquiry before the committee is really a judicial inquiry, and, as in other judicial inquiries, you must have the parties before you.