Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
auditor general may have had some control, but I understand that in every case the committee voted the money; it was our duty to pay it and it was paid. So far as I am concerned, as minister of this department, I assume no responsibility for what the committee did in the way of expenditures. The house voted the money and it is a responsibility of every member of the house just as much as it is of the government. As regards the amount paid to the auditors, which of course was very large, I do not know how the amount was distributed to any particular
individual. That is not the way in which these services are charged for by an auditing firm. They do a job and charge a sum. No doubt the items for the auditors' work came before the committee; the committee must have thought they were satisfactory because my understanding is that the committee unanimously voted to pay these bills.