GREENWAY moved >tha|t the fourth report of the Select Committee on Agriculture and Colonization be concurred in. He said : I might explain that the committee had before them Mr. Clarke, of the seed department, who gave what they considered very valuable information regarding the investigation which had been made into -the quality of seeds and into the dealings in seed. The committee ordered the usual numbers of printed reports to be distributed in the usual way-16,900 to the members, and 3,000 for the Department, and 100 for the use of the committee. The information was considered by the committee exceedingly valuable and which should be distributed as quickly as iiossible. For that reason they ordered that this number of copies should be printed forthwith and distributed with the same number of copies of the statute regulating the sale of seeds which we passed this session, and I may say that I think the information obtained from Mr. Clarke proves conclusively the necessity for some such Act.
AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION COMMITTEE.
Motion agreed to.
Hon. H. R. EMMERSON (Minister of Railways and Canals).
I beg to move :
That an order of the House do issue for the production of the interim report of the Commissioners of the Transcontinental Railway together with the maps and drawing of the lines located.
Motion agreed to, and interim report presented.
How far does tbat go ?
From its inception down to the 31st March.
Mr. W. F. MACLEAN.
We will have an annual report hereafter ?
The Act provides for an annual report, and that matter is _ referred to in the report from the commission.
On the table of the House will be found location maps of the different surveys made.
'Mr. FOSTER. As this report is only in typewriting, I think it would be well that the minister should move that it be printed.
Mr. EMMEItSON, I am going to have it printed and distributed. I move that the interim report of the Transcontinental Railway Commission now presented be printed.
Motion agreed to.
NORTH OXFORD AND LONDON BYE-ELECTIONS.
I have to inform the House that His Excellency the Governor General has been pleased to appoint the Hon. C. S. Hyman Minister of Public Works. The writs for the elections in North Oxford and London have been issued, and nominations will take place on the 6th June.
On the Orders of the Day being called : HALF-BREED SCRIP.
Hon. GEORGE E. FOSTER (North Toronto).
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to call the attention of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Oliver) to a rather circumstantial report that is go-' ing the rounds of the newspapers which I would like him to read, and if he would be kind enough, to make some statement with reference to it to-morrow-I do not wish to precipitate any discussion of the point to-day. It has to do with the scrip, issued to the half-breeds. The principal, point of the report, which is being widely; dstributed, is this: At first the decision,
of the half-breed commission was that halfbreeds who were then resident in the United States should not be allowed their! scrip. Afterwards, and not long ago, an Order in Council was passed providing that residents of the United States who had been Canadian half-breeds were to be allow-i ed their scrip. Subsequently a clause was! added to the Order in Council making it possible to locate the lands without tlie| personal attendance of the half-breeds.; Some inquisitive people found out what, was going on. And so this half-breed scrip has been gathered up, as far as possible!, for a mere song, and very valuable lands have been or are being located by the for-, tunate gentlemen who were inquisitive and are said to have found out. Altogether, it is a matter which I would like the minister to look into and give a statement concerning it to the House before anything else is done about it in the way of discussion. The hon. minister will find the report to which I refer in the Winnipeg ' Tribune ' of May 1 (til. I will send him a copy which; he can return to me.
COMMISSION ON FISHERIES
On the Orders of the Day being called :
Mr. G. W. GANONG.
Before the Ordersi of the Day are called I would like to bring to the attention of the government a mat-t ter of very considerable importance affect-i ing a large portion of the people of the county of Charlotte.
If my hon. friend (Mr. Ganong) will allow me : The House will be moved into Committee of Supply as soon as we have finished preliminary business, and he will have an opportunity then to speak.
That may be to-morrow.