mates be referred to the Committee of Supply.
Motion agreed to.
House again in Committee of Supply.
Relief to sufferers in Martinique and St. Vinoent, $50,000.
The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding), it had been understood that we would have no more estimates this session, but when 1 state the purpose for which this vote is asked, 1 am sure it will have the unanimous assent of the House. We have all had our attention drawn by the press to the story of the appalling disaster which has fallen on the French island of Martinique, and to the disaster, perhaps not so great, but of a very serious character, which has fallen upon the neighbouring British island of St. Vincent. The whole world is moved to sympathy by this terrible circumstance, and there seems to be a general desire that aid should be given to those who are suffering in consequence. It is thought well that the government of Canada should contribute to this relief fund. We have therefore presented to the House an estimate appropriating the sum of $50,000 for the relief of the sufferers from the volcanic disasters in the West Indies. We propose that one-half of that sum shall be at once supplied to the relief fund for the island in which the greatest disaster has occurred, the island of Martinique; and we think that perhaps it can best be applied by placing the money at the disposal of the French colonial minister in Paris, who will, of course, be able to see that It is applied in the right direction. As respects the balance, it will, either in whole or in part, be applied for the relief of the sufferers in the island of St. Vincent. The Information respecting the disaster in St. Vincent is not yet perhaps sufficient to enable us to know whether the whole sum will be required there ; but if the necessity seems to arise, the balance will be applied to St. Vincent. At all events, the aim is that all who are suffering by these terrible disasters shall have some assistance from the government and the people of Canada In this moment of their great need.
Mr. BORDEN, (Halifax). 1 fully concur with and support the action of the government In asking parliament to make this appropriation. On occasions in the past when our own people have been in need of substantial sympathy from other countries, they have received It on many occasions in a very substantial manner. 1 think it is a fitting thing that the government should take this step at the present time. The appalling suddenness of this disaster, its tremendous extent, the amazing number of people who, in, but a moment of time, were absolutely destroyed and their homes wiped out of