Hon. SYDNEY FISHER (Minister of Agriculture).
My hon. friend had spoken tome about this matter, and I informed him that it has been gone into very carefully by the department, with the utmost sympathy for Mr. Page, but that the response which the government of Canada received from the United States through the ordinary channels of the imperial and colonial office, was such that we felt that it was useless to make any further representations to the authorities at Washington. The hon. gentleman's suggestion that parliament should vote a sum of money to reimburse Mr. Page has also been considered by us, although the question was not considered in any light of responsibility on the Department of Agriculture or of this government. I venture to think that the information supplied to Mr. Page by the department involved no responsibility on the part of the department.