The preliminary statement of accounts was prepared in order to facilitate consideration, by a special committee of the house, of Canadian National matters as relating to the past year, and in the meantime every effort is being made by the management to get the completed accounts ready, together with the annual statement which accompanies them. Just as soon as that is in my hands I will be glad to table it in the house. I would call attention to the fact, however, that in former years 'any statement by the>
Minister of Railways has been made not in connection with the tabling of the accounts but in connection with the motion to refer the estimates to the special committee, and in fact there are several occasions upon which the minister might make such a statement as that mentioned by my hon. friend. In the meantime, we are merely enabling the committee to get along with its work. I am assured by the management that in previous
years there has been very little variation in the final audited statement of accounts from the preliminary statement which will be available for the members of the special committee, and I shall make ever effort to supply a complete statement of the accounts to all members of the house as soon as I possibly can.
Subtopic: PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OP ACCOUNTS