Would my hon. friend permit me-I have received a communication from Mr. Gervais, chairman of the committee, in which he asks that this report be not taken up in his absence. I would ask my hon. friend to let the matter stand until Tuesday next when Mr. Gervais will be present.
As that report was adopted on the 20th of May it might be acted upon and that may be invoked as a reason against my motion. If I have the assurance of my right hon. friend that the delay will not be invoked against the motion which I am about to make I have no objection.
Will the Minister of Railways and Canals be good enough to lay upon the table of the House the report made by Mr. Boyer upon matters concerning the Soulanges Canal. It is absolutely necessary we should have that report before the estimates for that department are gone into.
Hon. G. P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals).
That report has been received but I have not had an opportunity to act on it as yet. It would hardly be wise to place the report on the table before I have had a chance to digest it and take action on it. I expect in a very few days to be able to lay it on the table.
It is necessary that we should wait for that report until the department takes action upon it. The matter is a serious one, and have we not the right before going into the estimates to see what the commissioner has reported as to the state of affairs existing upon the canal ?
Before we get through with the estimates there will be no trouble about it. I think my hon. friend will agree that it would be unwise to discuss these reports in public before the department decides what action it will take.