February 14, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)


We are to understand then that in Ontario, at least, the agricultural statistics that will he procured under the new expenditure will be no different from what they are at the present moment, but the minister proposes to expend money for the purpose of procuring commercial and manufacturing statistics which will be valuable to the people. I suppose, before bringing down his Bill, he has outlined some plan that he proposes to adopt before asking for this increased expenditure. He knows that at the present time there is a large number of manufacturing concerns in Ontario and he knows that information respecting them and respecting commercial affairs, would be valuable to the people. Surely the hon. gentleman must have some fixed policy in his mind of the way he proposes to collect that information ?

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