Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
With reference to the question which came up yesterday, and which was brought up by my hon. friend from New Westminster (Mr. J. D. Taylor) in regard to the inquiry made by Mr. Justice Murphy as commissioner to investigate frauds in the administration of the Chinese Act at Vancouver, I stated yesterday that I had a conference with the . Minister of Justice on the matter, but that I had had no time to read the report, and had only looked at the conclusions. The first conclusion is that Mr. Justice Murphy advises certain prosecutions be taken. The other recommendation was that the report should not be made public until the prosecutions had been taken, the reason being-I could not give the reason yesterday, but I can now-that if the report were made public before the prosecutions were undertaken, witnesses for the prosecution might disappear. I under-derstand, on further conference that the parties indicated for prosecution are in China and therefore that no prosecution we could undertake would reach them. I have looked at the report and see no reason why it should not be given to the public even in the face of the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Murphy. Therefore, I lav it on the table. As hon. members will see, it is a rather voluminous document. What I have here is the report and the evidence. There is also about a trunkful of exhibits which I said might be sent to the office of the clerk.