Hon. CHARLES MURPHY:
Earlier this week the newspapers announced that the hon. the Minister of Finance (Sir Thomas White), and the hon. the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. A. K. Maclean), were at Washington and New York. This morning's, and last evening's, papers announced that the right hon. the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Borden) had gone down to either of these cities to confer with them. May I inquire from the leader of the Government if any unusual condition has arisen necessitating the presence of these three members of the Government in the United States, and if so, whether a statement can be made to the House?
Hon. C. J. DOHERTY^ (Minister of Justice): The Acting Minister of Finance has not left the city and the item as regards him is quite incorrect. The Prime Minister is absent, but, I do not think that there is aniy unusual circumstance that has necessitated that absence that could, at the moment be stated to the House.