A substantial proportion of this vote is for the setting up and maintenance of displays of samples of Canadian goods, particularly agricultural products, in Great Britain and other countries. Displays are also set up in various British fairs and exhibitions, as well as in exhibitions in other countries. It is not intended at the present time to enter into any extensive expenditure in connection with exhibitions in other countries, but we do desire to maintain such permanent exhibits as we have in different parts of the old country.
I would like to convey to the minister the appreciation of the people of Saskatchewan and all through the west of the magnificent world's congress and exhibition building which was erected at Regina as a relief measure, and more particularly of the splendid manner in which the interior has been decorated. Mr. Turcotte is an artist at tills work and I think the minister should know that everyone who has seen these interior decorations are simply delighted with them.
I am glad to see that the minister has restored this bureau to its former state of importance. Last year the vote was reduced to $40,000, whereas previously about $75,000 per year was spent upon this department. I always felt that this department had great educational value, and if sound equipment is added I think its value will be still greater.
Then I take exception to government money being spent in this fashion. According to the title this book is supposed to contain information with regard to present conditions and recent progress. There certainly are no statistics which will bear out anything in the shape of progress since the present administration came mto office. Just how the government can issue a handbook on recent progress to the people of this and other countries is a bit of a mystery to me. This book has been printed by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics and I should like to know whether the information contained therein has all been supplied by the bureau or whether some of the material has been furnished from sources outside of the bureau?
This book is the sixth issue of this particular publication, the first being published in 1927. All the information contained therein is compiled by the staff of the bureau. The original object in publishing this book was to put into handy form certain historic and other data as well as supplying up to date information with regard to matters of interest to industry and business. The firet issue was welcomed by the country as providing a handy and appropriate form of getting such information before the public, and its publication has been continued year by year. When I took office we continued to publish the book in the same manner as it had been published previously, and in so far as its compilation is concerned', that has been oar-
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ried on in the same way as it was before I took offioe. Wherever possible we attempt to collect the small fee of twenty-five cents per copy. There has been a wide demand for this book and I think, generally speaking, it has received the approval of the public.