Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil) :
In reply to the hon. leader of the Opposition, it has occurred to me, although I am speaking largely from hearsay, that there is a large number of Indian schools-rightly or wrongly I have been hearing of some of them-that require some attention. It is not absolutely necessary that a man should be an architect to inspect a building, but there is some construction to be done, and undoubtedly there are many architects in other parts of the service of this Government, and there may be no great necessity for this particular official in this department. Indeed I may say, in enlarging upon what my hon. friend has said with respect to solicitors, that there does seem to be overlapping, if one can judge by a simple glance at the Estimates of the Civil Service. I have forty odd surveyors in the Interior Department, I think, in addition to the assistants. True they do a valuable work, and there is provision in this estimate for them. I am inclined to agree with my hon. friend in the suggestion that something might be done to prevent overlapping. I am somewhat in agreement with the statement of my hon. friend who has just spoken on behalf of the departmental solicitor. He might very well be an official of the Department of Justice, under the control of that department, and I may say for the benefit of my legal friends that in the small province from which I come we had one department under the control of the Attorney General, and did not have solicitors in any of the other departments, but I am surprised to hear them say that lawyers disagree. They should not, on matters of this character, where no very serious questions are involved. I quite understand the necessity for those particular individuals in those particular departments, but I think they should be under the control of the Department of Justice.
Might I answer the question of my hon. friend (Mr. Jacobs) as he is desirous of
having it upon the record? I have made a rough estimate of the Indian population; I am not sure that I am correct, but I will, with the consent of the Chairman, give it by provinces. The figures are as follows:
Province Population of reserves
Nova Scotia 2,031 45New Brunswick. . . 1,846 26Prince Edward Island 292 2Ontario 20,969 138Quebec 13,366 20Manitoba 11,927 68Saskatchewan .. .. 10,431 89Alberta 9,332 61Northwest Territories 3,620
This statement does not give the number of reserves in the North West Territories.