Mr. P RE FONTAINE.
It is found that $85,000 for salaries is not adequate to meet the expenditure. In 1896 and 1897 the appropriation was reduced from $100,000 to $85,000. At the time negotiations were between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the Dominion government as to certain jurisdiction an amount was placed in the estimates without being in a position to determine as to the amount required. Last year a similar amount of $20,000 was placed in the supplementary estimates, bringing the total up to $105,000. Since 1896 it has been the practice to vote in the main estimates only $85,000 leaving always a further sum to be voted in the supplementary estimates. I think that is bad policy. We should ask for what is necessary and my intention in future is to ask for exactly the amount that is necessary and not leave any back account. We will place the right amount in the main estimates in the next financial year.