BORDEN-in proposing that amendment as to the uselessness of which he had no doubt. That is the minister's position. He knew that the amendment was not necessary, knew absolutely, never had any doubt about it; yet he has put this country to the expense of having it printed, and the House to the inconvenience of considering it for some time, when he had no doubt on the subject at all. Well, it is not wonderful that our sessions are prolonged when ministers of the Crown will act in this way.
Lecturing an opponent is very easy. But there is this fact. I have declared before this House that I introduced this clause on the advice of some of my officials, although I was perfectly satisfied there was no necessity for it. You see this every day, Bills introduced to test the opinion of the House. In this case it was a small clause introduced to test the opinion of the House. Where is the harm in that, or what is the use in losing an hour or two hours in cross-examining me about what I thought at the beginning, what I thought at the middle, what I thought at the end, and what I think at the present moment. I think this is a loss of time.
I would like to enter my protest as strongly as I can against the course the minister has pursued in regard to trap licenses. If the course he has pursued and is pursuing is continued, it will be most unjust to the canners and fishermen of British Columbia. The commission reported upon the desirability of granting trap licenses.
That was a year ago, but not against granting them in the future, and I understand that the commission this year, consisting of the hon. members for Vancouver and Victoria were in favour of granting such licenses, and considered it was only fair they should be granted.