if any one makes a complaint in the press giving name and place, it 'will be investigated at once. But here in Ottawa there was an easy opportunity for people who are thus described, as numbering scores and hundreds, according to the tenor of that article, to notify the census office, and have matters set right. That would not be the case in Montreal, Toronto, and elsewhere, I grant; but at the same time the public have been invited to make any complaint of that kind to the census office, free by post, and such complaint would be investigated. Now as a matter of fact in the city of Ottawa we have had a few complaints, not a score in all have come to>
the office. A majority of these complaints have been investigated, and have been discovered to be unfounded. As a matter of fact there have been a few cases where people have not been enumerated, and immediately on representations having been made, the enumeration has been properly done. There have also been a few such complaints in other parts of the country. Many of those coming from the cities are owing to a fact which the complainants seem to have overlooked. This census has been taken as of the 1st of June, during which month a large number of people left their residences for -other parts of the country. We have, however, provided machinery for looking after them. They are enumerated in the place where they are found, and a special card is sent to the department here to indicate that these people, while enumerated at their temporary residence, at Britannia or up the Gatineau, for instance, are residents of the city of Ottawa, and the enumerator in Ottawa who has not been able to find the individual in his house, or to get information, sends a card into the general office to that effect. We compare the two, and when the final revision of the enumeration is completed, the corrections will be made, and all these people will be counted in the place where they are properly resident. That has all been arranged for, and I have no doubt whatever, that the people who have made the complaints spoken of have all been enumerated as inhabitants of the city where they live. I may say that in the census of 1901 we had such complaints as are now being made. Every complaint where a name was mentioned was investigated immediately, and according to my memory, it was discovered that a large majority of the complaints were unfounded. The people had been enumerated. An instance was given to me the other day. A gentleman resident of the city of Montreal said that his household had not been enumerated. His household was away for the summer, he himself was away, but he had left in charge of the house a confidential servant, and that servant had given full details of the Mr. FISHER.
entire family. She had made one mistake, however, in giving the age of the proprietor, reporting him as two years younger than he actually was. That gentleman came to the census office about the matter, and on investigation we found that his complaint was absolutely without foundation. That is a kind of thing which has occurred in a few instances in different parts of the country, and that is a kind of thing om which reckless journalists are basing absurd accusations, such as are contained in the article read by the bon. member for Argen-teuil. I venture to say that the census is being accurately taken, that it is being taken with the greatest care, that proper machinery has been provided to take it effectively, and that when the returns are finally revised the actual population of Canada in its various parts will be known. My hon. friend the leader of the opposition asked for a statement which I had not at the moment, and which I now have. The census was taken as of the 1st of June, and we expected the last enumerators to get through their work in less than three weeks. That has been done to a large extent, but not altogether. In some instances where the enumerators have made omissions they have been directed to go over their work again. In one instance I know of a half street being left out. The census enumerator was sent back by the commissioner to do that half street, and it has been done, and the return is in. I will now make an answer to the questions of the leader of the opposition yesterday. The returns have been coming in very rapidly. At the present date there are 9,322 enumerations. I may say that that number will be slightly added to, because some of the outlying districts have been subdivided, but the actual number as reported to us at the time of the taking of the census, was 9,322.
We have received the returns from 6,556 of these districts leaving the balance of 2,761 to be received. Of those that have been received the first compilation has been going on since they were received, and out of 6,556 about 6,500 have been gone over up to the present day for the first count. I say clearly for the first count, because we have to revise all these schedules and compare them after the first count. Then we go over them a third time, check them and see that they are correct. That provision includes the compilation of these cards I have just alluded to, and a comparison and correction where any indication exists that a_ person may have .been counted in two places. For instance, the other day I was counted here. I found when I went home to my farm in Brome that I had been counted there also. Therefore, this checking and revision have to take place before we can issue any figures which would be reliable or correct. After that is done we
have to go over the whole of them again and check them, this being largely done by the machines, to see that they are accurate before we can issue any statement of figures. My hon. friend the leader of the opposition asked if we were going to issue statements of the returns as they came in. In former censuses we issued statements when we had finally concluded what was the actual population, but I would not like to undertake to issue a statement until that final revision and checking have taken place so that no misconceptions may arise, and so that nobody may be misled by what may turn out to be not absolute accuracy. My hon. friend also asked when the final figures would be given out. I am not prepared at the moment to say, but we think that the final figures should be completed in the month of October. It is possible we may be able to get them out earlier, but I would not like to hold out any hope that it would be at an earlier date than some time in the month of October.