the name of one sheriff in Nova Scotia who has been dismissed by the Nova Scotia government? He has made the statement that practically all of them were dismissed. I do not think it is a fair statement to go to the country because it is not true.
you will allow me to apologize, if an apology is necessary, to my hon. friends from Nova Scotia whom I may have offended. I will admit that I relied only on verbal reports and that I should not have introduced that subject here, although I was led astray by a remark made by the leader of the opposition concerning my Liberal friends and the appointment
of Liberals. It was not my intention to divert the attention of the committee from the item before us and I certainly am sorry if I have not been fair to the new governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
been made to the minister with respect to the necessity for new officials on that part of the coast line of New Brunswick bordered by the gulf of St. Lawrence? St. Pierre and Miquelon are very close to that border and the information I have is that immense quantities of liquor are being brought from those French islands to ports on the gulf of St. Lawrence with practically no let or hindrance. So far as I know the department over which the minister has the honour to preside has not appointed a single new preventive officer in that locality and there is no prevention of the smuggling of liquor from those points. I should also like to know how many female examiners are paid under this vote and where they are located. Are they part of a flying squadron? At the port of St. Stephen we have had visits on occasions from some of these female examiners and they throw great trepidation into the heart of the ordinary housewife who walks across the bridge from time to time.
These ladies in the department bear the title of female searchers. There are three in British Columbia and six or seven in Ontario. There are none now in the Maritime provinces, but an application has been made for the appointment of one at St. Stephen. This application is now pending before the Civil Service Commission, by whom the appointment will be made.