Mr. ALEX. JOHNSTON.
Both my hon. friend from Prince Edward Island (Mr. Le-furgey) and my hon. friend from Montreal (Mr. Ames) have brought forcibly to the notice of the department the fact' that certain officials of the_ Marine and Fisheries Department in the city of Halifax have not advised the department properly. Reports were made to the department by the then officer of the department, Captain Salmon, and the services of that officer have been dispensed with since then. Whether the department did right or wrong in dispensing with his services, I do not know, my own judgment is that they did the proper thing. It would perhaps suit my hon. friend from Montreal and my hon. friend from Prince Edward Island to have retained the services of Captain Salmon and to have dispensed with the services of the officers of the department in Halifax. Perhaps that would have been the better course. The request I have now to make of the department is that they shall look into the request made by my hon. friends opposite and ascertain whether it is in the interest of the department, not only to dispense with the services of Captain Salmon, but with the services of the officers of the department at Halifax as well ; and if the department reach the conclusion arrived at by our hon. friends opposite, then no doubt the department will do its duty.