there will be found on Hansard a statement of his that he entirely followed the opinion of the engineers. I confess to the Minister of the Interior that not having been there, depending wholly and entirely on engineers' reports, I was not and I am not now in a position, beyond those reports, to indicate whether Churchill is to be preferred to Nelson or Nelson to Churchill. All I know is that the then Minister of Railways acted on technical advice and the moneys expended at
Nelson were expended under that advice. The minister will find that all stated in the Senate discussions that took place in connection with the matter.
We might say half past two and possibly it might be understood that we just continue in session until we finish passing the estimates; otherwise it will be very difficult to arrange for prorogation. I will make this motion if the Speaker will resume the chair.
Motion agreed to.
At one o'clock the house took recess.
The house resumed at 2.30 o'clock.
REPORTS AND PAPERS
Report of the Canadian delegates to the conference on the Limitation of Naval Armaments-Mr. Mackenzie King.
Report of the regulations made pursuant to provisions of the Old Age Pensions Act-Mr. King (Kootenay).
(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)
1. Canada's imports from and exports 1920 to 1930, inclusive, were-
to the United Kingdom, years ended March 31,
Imports Exports to
from United Kingdom
United Canadian ForeignKingdom produce produce$126,362,631 $489,152,637 $6,807,481213,973,562 312,844,871 1,383,800117,135,343 299,361,675 1,001,518141,330,143 379,067,445 851,081153,586,690 360,057,782 1,103,020151,083,946 395,843,433 1,324,615163,731,210 508,237,560 1,028,583163,939,065 446,872,851 1,146,233186,435,824 410,691,392 2,071,961194,041,381 429,730,485 1,930,456189,178,156 281,838,175 1,336,380
2. Canada's imports from and exports to the United States, years ended March 31, 1920 to 1930, inclusive, were-
Imports Exports to
from United States
United Canadian ForeignStates produce produce$S01,097,318 $464,028,183 $37,101,934856,176,820 542,322,967 18,378,969515,958,196 292,588,643 11,515,534540,989,738 369,080,218 11,267,503601,256,447 430,707,544 10,935,365509,780,009 417,417,144 9,767,499608,618,542 474,987,367 10,964,868687,022,521 466,422,789 12,912,441718,896,270 478,145,383 18,640,873868,012,229 499,612,145 21,654,942847,450,311 514,957,553 21,654,397CHIGNECTO CANAL Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Railways and Canals): Before you leave the chair,
Mr. Speaker, I might answer a question that was asked by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) yesterday on the orders of the daj' in reference to the Chignecto canal. As hon. members may recall, a resolution was passed by this house a year ago asking that a survey and an economic study be made of that proposal. The field part of the survey work has been completed and the notes are now being extended and studied. A commission will shortly be appointed to study the economic aspects of the problem. The personnel of the commission has not been determined, and no one was authorized to speak in that regard on behalf of the government.
Before you leave the chair, Mr. Speaker, I wish to speak to a question of
privilege. A day or two ago in the regular course of the mail, I received in my post office box in the House of Commons the two envelopes which I hold in my hand. These are the ordinary House of Commons envelopes, and although they are not addressed to me they came back to my post office box. One of the envelopes is addressed to Thomas Young, Esquire, Sydney, N.S., and the other to Fred H. Sullivan, Esquire, 1 Argyle street, Glace Bay, N.S.
Before I go any further, may I say that I absolve the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. MacDonald) of any knowledge of what has occurred in connection with this matter, but I think it is necessary for me to lay the whole facts before the house. Stamped on these envelopes to show the reason why they were sent back to me are the words, "Returned to sender," and the reason given for non-delivery in each case is that the persons to whom the letters were addressed
were not at the addresses named. I am going to send you these envelopes, Mr. Speaker, in a moment, and you will be interested to know what they contain.