The minister says that certain kinds of agricultural information will be taken in one year and certain other kinds in the alternate years, and that this information can be made useful for the Mr. FISHER.
Yes, but we would not make use of that information at all for the decennial census. The information taken in the interval between each decennial census will not interfere in any way with the complete taking of the decennial census. The establishment of a permanent census office will not in any way decrease the necessity or the work of the decennial census except that it will decrease the expenditure in this respect, that the office being in permanent existence, we will be able to prepare for the taking of the information during the census year, and thus do the work more easily and effectively. With regard to the question put me by my hon. friend from Lanark (Mr. Ilaggart), the information taken between the census years would not be taken by enumeration, except in some instances. For instance, the census of Manitoba has to be taken once in five years. There was an Act requiring that on a certain day the census should be taken of the population in the Northwest Territories at the end of the five year period. That Act was for one definitely named year. That is only done once ; and in view of the development of our new Territories in the west and of the fact that in Manitoba the census has to be taken every five years, it would be perhaps a good thing for Canada to take the census in the new provinces or in the Territories once in five years. That would have to be done by actual enumeration, but with regard to industrial information and even to a great deal of agricultural information, my idea is that that work should be done from the office here and done through the mails to a very large extent. Perhaps a little might have to be done otherwise, but I think nearly the whole of it could be done through the post office. Something of this kind might be done. A blank form might be sent to the various industrial establishments asking them to fill in the changes in their business since the census year. Those would be compiled and the results then placed at the eommaud of the people.