March 3, 1916

CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

That is a matter for the

Finance Minister. We will consider it, certainly.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

Do something moreconsider it favourably.

National Biological Laboratory, $25,000.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

That item has been in for many years. It never has been used.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

If we are going to practice economy, it seems to me this is a chance for it. I move that this item be struck out.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

There is no extravagance

if the money is not spent. It was put in the Estimates a number of years ago when there was talk of establishing a health department, and it was intended to have a biological laboratory in connection with that department. I do not know whether the amount will be required this year. But it is hardly worth while striking out.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

I do not agree with the hon. minister. The fact that it has been there for a number of years is the reason why it should be struck out. If it is kept there somebody may find a way of expending the money.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

I think it would be a very good thing.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

Then the Government

has been remiss for the last four years in not spending the money.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

Both Governments have

been remiss; there is no doubt about that.

Amendment of Mr. Turriff negatived.

For tbe administration and carrying out of the provisions of the Agricultural Instruction Act, $25,000.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

The Act referred to is the one under which $1,000,000 or more is distributed among the provinces. This is for expenses of administration.

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LIB

William Frederic Kay

Liberal

Mr. KAY:

Would the minister mind

leaving this over? The hon. member for Huntingdon (Mr. Robb) wishes to discuss it.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

As hon. members know, I never object to the discussion of any matter relating to the department on any item before the committee. Still, if it is deemed more convenient to let this stand, I will accede to that request.

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LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

The hon. member for

Huntingdon asked that it should be allowed to stand. When it comes up, perhaps the minister will he able to explain how in the world he is going to spend $25,000.

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LIB
CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

The hon. gentleman knows that there is a commissioner who administers this fund. I have all the items of this estimate before me, but there is no use taking up time with them now if the item is to be allowed to stand over.

Item stands.

Grant to Dominion Exhibition,. $50,000.

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LIB
CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

I do not think any plaice

is going to hold a Dominion exhibition under present circumstances. The last Dominion exhibition was held in Brandon in 1913. Victoria had the grant in 1914, but war broke out on the 4th of August, and they decided to abandon the exhibition. They had incurred certain expenses and were paid $24,166.

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LIB
CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

There are three or four

items of quarantine still to be voted. There is nothing contentious about them. I have all the information about them, and I think they might be passed.

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March 3, 1916