I believe my hon. friend's remark applies to some booking agents, but they are the agents who do very little booking. The booking agency business in the British Islands, and continental Europe is a special business, carried on the same as the grocery business, or any other. Every immigrant to Canada has to buy his ticket at a booking office. Just as in the case of other callings, some are enterprising, and some are not, and the booking agent who does a large business, makes money while the one who does a small business makes very little. The booking agent who is energetic and ambitious advertises to the public that he is a booking agent, and in addition the advantages of some country to which immigrants are likely to go, in order to induce them to buy their tickets from him instead of from his competitors. So that when Canada offers a bonus of $5 to these agents for bringing certain classes of immigrants to Canada, they advertise in the newspapers, and give lectures with the idea of getting the business. In that way we get ample returns in publicity for the money we spend, and in interesting the men to whom the immigrants must go to purchase their tickets. They are booking agents for every part of the world, and sell tickets to every part of the world. Everybody has heard of Cook's, for instance, who have booking agents everywhere, and sell tickets to everywhere. The result of our offering a bonus of $5 to the booking agents on tickets sold to agricultural people coming to Canada is that the booking agent advertises Canada, and particularly the agricultural advantages of Canada, because that is where the money is made. That is where we get some of our best advertising results. The Australian colonies are now Mr. OLIVER.
waking up, and, I am sorry to say, are adopting our methods. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Besides, I do not think that anybody will suggest that our Australian cousins are lacking in enterprise or in good sense. They see what we have been successful in doing by this policy, and they have decided to follow it. It is true they are adding to it by a system of what I call assisted immigration. We are not doing that; we do not believe it is the best policy. We believe that the advantages which Canada offers are such that if they are brought to the attention of the people who are able to use these advantages, that is sufficient; and if we cannot get the people that way, we are content that they should go somewhere else.