If I had gone to California last November, bought a car in that state, and came back to Canada this month, I would not be permitted to bring it into Canada, although I had driven it those three or four months?
That is a comprehensive question, involving a matter of major policy. In the past we have followed a policy of marked distinction in dealing with separate bodies, although such bodies may have been set up by parliament. I should say that it would be quite fitting and proper that the salaries of the officers named in the first instance should be disclosed. But the minutiae of the cost of management, the salaries of individual employees, how much ink they use, how much sealing wax and that sort of thing-I do not use that illustration for the purpose of making the question of my hon. friend appear ludicrous, because it is a perfectly fair question; I merely carry it to that extreme point as indicating that the intimate and minute details of the management of the bank would not I think be a proper subject for inquiry and disclosure as a matter of course. That is at the moment my reaction to the question put to me by my hon. friend, but I should like to turn it over in my mind a little furtheT before I give him an official and final answer, because it is a question of policy which should be settled on a basis satisfactory to the house and to public opinion generally, rather than one which should be permitted to become a matter of controversy as to how far we should or should not go in the disclosing of information. I would prefer, therefore, that my hon. friend should not at the moment press for a minute or detailed reply to his inquiry; before the session is over I shall be quite prepared to make a statement as to government policy in the matter.
The question I wanted to ask is similar to one I asked a year ago, and perhaps it will save time if I mention it now. When the superintendent of bankruptcy was being appointed it was suggested by the minister who was piloting the bill through the house that it was hoped the result of this appointment would be to reduce the cost of bankruptcy proceedings and that the creditors would get a greater percentage of their claims than they had previously been receiving. I was anxious to know if the minister could give me for the past year a statement of these amounts: What were the claims filed, the total
amounts of the assets of the bankrupts, and the amount that actually reached the hands of the creditors?
of civil government to-night, Mr. Chairman, for the purpose of qualifying the department. I did not come prepared to answer questions with respect to details of bankruptcy, because that item will be called on another occasion, when, if this will be satisfactory, I shall be pleased to give my hon. friend an answer to the question he has put.