I said my impression was that the figures were for tlie population at present. I cannot carry these things in my mind from day to day; 1 received the information some time ago from the Census Department, and I sent it to the hon. the leader of the opposition. Subsequently other figures were placed in Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
my hand, which I gave yesterday, and my impression is that these figures are the population to-day. As, however, these figures have been challenged, we have taken the precaution to have them verified in the Census Bureau, and as soon as the figures c-ome here I will give the exact information.
So that after three months and some days, we may possibly now get at one of the most elementary sources of information necessary for discussing the basis of redistribution. Yesterday the Minister of the. Interior promised to bring down bis statement of populations from the Census Department. The populations he gave yesterday were, he said, prepared in the Census Department and signed and sent to him with a map, which be promised to bring down. Is that ready ?
Of course, twenty-four hours is not long, but after three months and a half and nearing the end of the session, twenty-four hours might have been sufficient to get that statement into the hands of the minister.
I think I understand my hon. friend (Mr. Foster) now. There is the map there on tlie table, and be apparently is not satisfied with the information which he received from the department, but wants to have the identical document signed by the census officer.