Hon. T. W. CROTHERS (Acting Minister of the Interior):
Mr. Speaker, this matter was before the House about a month ago, and there was an answer given at that time to some observations made by my right hon. friend (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and also to some made by the hon. member for Edmonton (Mr. Oliver). In face of the explanations that were then given, my right hon. friend asks the question now as to whether the Government were consulted as Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
to this surrender. Did they agree that these Indians should be paid a quarter of a million for property that is worth $2,000,000? All that was answered a month ago, but I do not mind repeating it now; it will not take very much time. I told my right hon. friend then that we had not been communicated with at all in respect to this matter. I told him then that we had not given our consent and I can only repeat that now. I quite agree with him that the Indians have no right to dispose of their interests without the consent of the Government.
Subtopic: KITSILANO INDIAN RESERVE.