I just want to say a
word or two on the general policy. I have always, in office and out of office, sought to reduce to the minimum scientific work of this character inside-what one might call more or less ornamental work. I have no objection to outside work at all, and I also acknowledge that a certain amount of inside work is essential, but I do think it is overdone-and the redundancy is not confined to the Department of Agriculture; there is some in other departments as well. But I have always thought that the enthusiasm of officials, the desire to extend the sphere of their own work, results in the creating of elaborate scientific departments here, there
I Mr. Motherwell.]
and everywhere, and great collections of dead bugs instead of killing the live ones. Besides, we cannot in this country hope to rival the other big scientific institutions in this matter. We will get on far faster by availing ourselves of the scientific results achieved' by great laboratories to the south of us than by seeking to plant in our own country pale, weak imitations of them. It seems to me that if we take advantage of the scientific results achieved in the big state institutions of the United States -and we get it all; it cannot possibly be kept from us-we can save a lot of money here at home and at the same time seek to get practical results in our own field. It is better to spend the money that way than in too much employment of scientific men in small laboratories in Canada.