A message from His Excellency the Governor General, transmitting supplementary estimates for the year ending March 31, 1927, was presented by Hon. J. A. Robb (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the House, and referred to the committee of supply.
Hon. J A. ROBB (Minister of Finance): This item has to do with the Department of Trade and Commerce and the minister, as hon. gentlemen perhaps know, is absent to-day in Sarnia. This amount is for a governor general's warrant issued in 1925. Hon. gentlemen will recall that the profits of handling wheat during a certain period were paid to the receiver general. At that time I was the receiver general and I resisted very strongly paying the amount back to the provinces. But my hon. friends opposite, and my genial friend alongside of me (Mr. Dunning), who was then Premier of Saskatchewan, insisted that this money belonged to the people who had produced the wheat. The governor* general's warrant is to meet that request.