Certainly. There has been work done on the pond afterwards. The pond is -worth every dollar of the money' that has been spent on it.1 The money has been economically spent under the direction of the engineers of the department in whom I have confidence and who have spent the money to good advantage. [DOT]
My hon. friend has made merry about the number of lobsters. The pond was not ready for the lobsters last year. A great many more lobsters will be put in the pond during this and coming years. The pond has been purchased for the purpose of experimenting with lobsters in order to see whether something cannot be done towards replenishing the lobster fisheries along the coast of Nova Scotia.
There is not a single transaction in connection with it that we are not prepared to justify or that we do not believe have been in the public interest. Nothing has been done by me except after careful investigation and report by the permanent officers of the department, who were there long before I became minister. Having confidence in their reports and in the integrity of these officers, I believe that everything has been done honestly and properly, and that the result will be to develop the lobster fishery along the shores of Nova Scotia to the great advantage of the people.