Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
I am informed that only two per cent of the total exportable surplus of that particular article is involved in the question. The Governor in Council has no desire to assume burdens or responsibilities in this respect. I hope .that the special committee to whom this Bill will be referred will find some means of relieving the Governor in Council from a duty which involves great responsibility and is wholly invidious. No one would be more delighted than I if that committee .could find some effective method which .will meet the conditions of public urgency now confronting the country and at the same time relieve the Government from additional responsibility. All I ask, however, at the present moment is that the matter may be expedited by passing the .resolution pro forma, and upon the second reading or in committee the House will be ,at liberty to decide whether or not this legislation or any legislation of an analogous character ought to be passed by this House, or whether we should allow matters to take the course they are now taking.
Subtopic: CUSTOMS ACT-RESOLUTION RESPECTING PROPOSED EXPORT REGULATIONS.