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

LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The outline I have given does not contemplate the appointment of officials. At the same time, I do take power under certain circumstances and for certain special investigations, if by Order in Council these investigations are decided upon, to appoint a special official for such special investigations. That is now given me under the General Statistics Act. I can to-day appoint an official under the General Statistics Act to go and make an investigation of any special industry in Canada and get statistics and information in regard to it, but I could not force people to give information. By this Act, if passed, I will have that power, but otherwise I have the power now' except wTith that limitation of which I have spoken.

Topic:   CENSUS AND STATISTICS.
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