I think my hon. friend will remember that it was not a report oi an investigation, but a return of certain information that the chief engineer had been compiling on the subject. I might say that so far nothing very definite concerning the tunnel has been found. I will make inquiry about it.
Only for the purpose of asking a question. Information has reached me from a reliable source to the effect that there is $8,000 worth of whisky in bond in charge of the customs at Thetford Mines belonging to F. X. Labranche of Megantic, and the whisky is being distributed in the counties of Beauce and Megantic without duty being paid. My information is to the effect that the whisky is out of the possession of Mr. Labranche and that he is not a consenting party to this operation. I would like to ask the government if they have any knowledge of these acts, and if they will take immediate steps to check this violation of the law if it exists.
If my hon. friend will send me the name privately, I will make inquiry of the Customs Department at once. I think that there must be a mistake; or that the information is incorrect, because I cannot imagine that the customs authorities would permit such a thing as my hon. friend has mentioned.
Mr. Speaker, before you leave the chair, I wish to bring to the notice of the government a report in that great Reform newspaper, the Toronto ' Globe.' That paper does sometimes sin a little in reporting the sayings of hon. members on this side of the House, but I admit that it is always very accurate when reporting the sayings of hon. members on the government side. Therefore I take this report as being correct. It is a report of a political meeting held on Wednesday evening in the city of Brantford, where the hon. Minister of Customs, Mr. Paterson, is reported to have said :
In his department there were 1,800 men who could not get their pay because the Tory obstructionists would not vote supplies.
The Hon. William Paterson knew, when he stated upon the hustings in the city of Brantford, that his supplies had been voted by this House before he left Ottawa on Monday evening for Brantford. Therefore it was very unjust and unfair for him to endeavour to mislead the people in his own city by making them believe that
we would not vote him supply required to pay the men in his department.
I am coming to that in a few moments. I notice also that the employees in the postal service have been finding fault because their salaries haye not been paid. If I take the Toronto ' World ' -and that good paper is generally correct -I see that the whole amount of the post office supply was voted the 22nd May last -the full amount of over $5,000,000. I am given to understand that the trouble is that the government have not brought down their Supply Bill, and until that Bill is brought down this money cannot be paid out in salaries. It is very unfair and unjust for a minister of the Crown to go around the country trying to make the people believe that the opposition are obstructing.