Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
I would like to ask whether the government has any information with regard to the proceedings of our trade commissioner in Japan. I have had newspapers sent to me from time to time; and though not disposed to trust implicitly to everything contained, even in a Japanese newspaper, with all deference to my hon. friends the Minister of Labour (Mr. (Lemieux) and of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Fisher) our trade commissioner seems to be carrying on most extraordinary antics in this country, according to those journals, and some restraining influence had better be put on him. If the accounts are to be believed he seems to be running amuck with every commercial body and interest he can find willing to engage in combat. The result is that not only the gentleman-himself, but the government he represents, is more or less brought into controversy and conflict with certain important public and commercial bodies in Japan; if these statements are correct.