Possibly we have drifted away from the subject which was brought to our attention earlier in the day by the Minister of Agriculture. At the same time, I feel sure that the time has not been wasted, for information has been given to members of this committee, and I hope it will find its way to the country. The minister was good enough to explain the^ system of compensation under the Contagious Diseases Act where animals become infected, and have to be destroyed. I have just one complaint to make with regard to the law 'as it is now framed, namely, that not only should the animal that is ordered to be destroyed by the government official be paid for, but that other animals in the same herd that may have died before the government inspector has reached the farm, should also be paid for. Now I am going to _ cite a case with which the minister's chief veterinary is quite familiar. Remember I am not taking exception to the administration of the law, but to the law itself. On the 11th day of the month a farmer noticed that his hogs were sick, and he called in the nearest veterinary who, by the way, is the quasi official of the government, because subsection 2 of section 3 of the Act respecting infectious or contagious diseases of animals, says:
Any veterinary surgeon practising in Canada should immediately, on ascertaining that an animal is labouring under an infectious or contagious disease give similar notice-
To the notice he gives to the minister, -to the nearest veterinary inspector.
So I say the veterinary is a quasi official of the government, and the government should in some way be responsible for any neglect of duty on his part. In the case I refer to, the farmer called in the veterinary on the 11th day of the month. He examined a carcass, and I understand a portion of it was sent to Ottawa for inspection. Before the officer of the government reached the farmer to examine his hogs, some ten days had elapsed, I think the veterinary from Ottawa did not reach there until the 21st day of the month. In the meantime, out of a herd of twenty-one hogs fifteen or sixteen had died, and only five or