This is an apparent reduction but my impression is that a supplementary vote will have to he taken. The Mr. HENDERSON.
amount was originally $2,000 and was increased to $3,000, but the increase was not noted and unless there be something I am not aware of to cause the reduction there will have to be a vote in the supplements ries. It is a grant paid to the Canadian Mining Institute, which holds an annual meeting, has a library in Montreal and is a representative organization of the mining men of Canada.
This,, is a grant to a society just as we make grants to various public bodies under various conditions. The government do not expend it but the society expends it for what we know to be good purposes.
My point is that an item was passed by the Interior Department to assist in mining and the like of that. It seems strange that they should reduce this amount to the Montreal organization if they are doing a good work in connection with mining.
I think the purposes are quite different. This is a society as I have explained. They have gatherings and then there are visiting bodies from the neighbouring country. I think it is recognized as a very excellent body and the money is well expended. It is not part of the Interior Department except as that department advises it.
We had an item with regard to certain experiments which were made with regard to the electrical smelting of ores and things like that. These experiments are being made through the Department of the Interior directly, but I think it is rather a different class of work from this.
I do not often complain of an item being too small, but I honestly think that the government in this case have struck a very low figure indeed. This question is attracting a great deal of
attention in the country and a certain amount of money is required for the gathering of information and in other ways making a strong attempt to improve the condition of The people and suppress this terrible disease. $2,000 to my mind is a very small sum when we consider the large sums which we vote for other purposes. We have just voted $2,000 for a mining institute. To my mind this is a far more worthy object. We had a discussion on the matter of tuberculosis in the early part of the session and I regret very much that the member for Ar-genteuil (Mr. Perley) who takes a deep interest in that matter is not in the House tonight. I think he would have liked very much to have been here and make a statement with reference to it. I simply express my opinion that the item is very small indeed considering the vast importance of the subject.