There is one question I would like to ask the minister. If I understand these estimates correctly, in the two columns it just shows the estimates for the fiscal year. Is it not possible to have another column showing the amounts spent during the last fiscal year?
In making up the estimates we have followed the usual custom, and the amount expended during the last fiscal year has never appeared. My hon. friend will find, however, that the expenditures detailed in the Auditor General's report correspond exactly with the votes in the estimates for the previous year. He can find in the Auditor General's report under the same number a description of the expenditures made under eadh item voted last year.
My hon. friend 'has made the same slip several times before. A person trying to follow the books would be hopelessly lost if he followed my hon. friend's directions. I wonder if the minister, in the course of his investigation, found out the number of ports to be looked after, the ports of export in the neighbourhood of lake St. Clair and the St. Clair river-Detroit, Windsor and so on?
come not under this item, but the next one. W'hat I am willing to offer my hon. friend is this: I will get a complete list of these ports which should be watched by preventive officers, and I will not ask to go any further to-night. After we have passed this item of $376,510, we shall let the remainder stand for further discussion. I will have the list of outports to-morrow.
why we should drop this and go to something else. We allowed the government to take up estimates to-day without a motion, and I see no reason why the government should now call some other estimates, just for the purpose of obviating a motion. That can be the only reason.
will permit me, we desire to have at least one other department go on with its estimates Thursday and Friday. It may be necessary to ask the Minister of Customs to be in the House all day Friday and even Thursday, and it would hardly be fair to start other estimates on those days. If my hon. friend will allow the Public Works estimates to get down tonight so that my colleague the Minister of Public Works will be able to go on with his estimates the latter part of this week if necessary, I think everything will be all right.
To-morrow is government day. We purpose taking such motions as may be on the order paper and then to proceed with supply. We will take up first the estimates of the Department of Customs, and if we do not occupy the entire day with those estimates, we will take up the Department of Public Works.
those circumstances I have no right, of course, to object, but if we do that I would suggest that we rise now. We have done pretty well, and these two items are so closely connected one with the other that I think we should now rise, report progress and then call an item in Public Works to accommodate my hon. friend.