thousand. There has been no work on the property at all. Hon. gentlemen will see now how difficult it is for us to do anything intelligently with this vote. How many hon. members understand the issue now?
I had expected something of such brilliancy from the hon. member, whose name will be famous in verse. But I was pointing out how ridiculous it is to expect anything like a sensible vote in this House on this question at the present time. Why, the Chairman himself (Mr. Gordon) is absolutely all wrong; and he has studied the question. He says that Sir James Lougheed came to a certain legal conclusion. But with much deference to the Chair I suggest that Sir James Lougheed never did anything of the kind; there was a total absence of anything like a legal conolusion in the matter, for all that was done to send a report to the Department of Justice. The hon. gentleman is absolutely wrong.
the hon. gentleman for interrupting the current of his thoughts which I am sure must have been directed towards a proper solution of the question. This claim is not new; it is so old that it is hoary. It has been hanging fire not for months but for years and having been referred to the former government it was rejected. The Prime Minister shakes
his head. But he has not been here during this discussion and he does not know anything about it. He has never gone through the files and he does not realize that to-day he is putting through a vote of $120,000 after the Department of Justice in two opinions ha3 held that there is absolutely no legal liability. That is the opinion of the Department of Justice; yet here we are, in the dying days of the session, with the House knowing absolutely nothing about this matter, being asked to vote this sum of money. If the vote is passed the government must accept responsibility for jamming it through.
willing to give the amount of timber these gentlemen thought they were entitled to. I never questioned our liability to supply them with timber in lieu of their original berths, and as a matter of fact I think I have made a very much better bargain with them by retaining our timber, which will become much more valuable as time goes on. The government never likes to give back money. I have half a dozen cases of a similar character pending and it is not an easy matter adjusting these difficulties. I find it the most difficult thing to accomplish.