Mr. WM. CHISHOLM: On the 16th of March an Order of the House was passed
For a copy of all recommendations, protests, petitions and representation received by the Government or any department or minister thereof, regarding the appointment of the present collector of customs at Antigonish and of air the letters, telegrams and correspondence relating thereto.
Yesterday what purported to be a return in answer to this order was placed on the table of the House from the Department of Customs. That return consists only of a letter dated 22nd October, m3, signed by John McDougald, commissioner of customs, addressed to Wm. Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., informing him that the Minister of .Customs has been pleased to authorize his appointment as acting collector of customs at Antigonish, N.S., ,at a salary of $1,100 per annum. I desire to say that I never received such an appointment or such a letter, nor have I any expectation of receiving an .appointment. This return is certainly not a compliance with the order of the House. I happen to know that there are on file in the Department of Customs petitions and representations respecting the appointment that was made. There is a representation from the president of the Conservative Association, and I happen to know what it contains. The order is so worded as to call for the production of any correspondence or documents from any department of the Government, and, as I happen to know that this letter of the president of the Conservative Association was written as an official document from that association and not as a private or confidential letter, it should be produced.