Hon. GEORGE E. FOSTER (North Toronto).
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to call the attention of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Oliver) to a rather circumstantial report that is go-' ing the rounds of the newspapers which I would like him to read, and if he would be kind enough, to make some statement with reference to it to-morrow-I do not wish to precipitate any discussion of the point to-day. It has to do with the scrip, issued to the half-breeds. The principal, point of the report, which is being widely; dstributed, is this: At first the decision,
of the half-breed commission was that halfbreeds who were then resident in the United States should not be allowed their! scrip. Afterwards, and not long ago, an Order in Council was passed providing that residents of the United States who had been Canadian half-breeds were to be allow-i ed their scrip. Subsequently a clause was! added to the Order in Council making it possible to locate the lands without tlie| personal attendance of the half-breeds.; Some inquisitive people found out what, was going on. And so this half-breed scrip has been gathered up, as far as possible!, for a mere song, and very valuable lands have been or are being located by the for-, tunate gentlemen who were inquisitive and are said to have found out. Altogether, it is a matter which I would like the minister to look into and give a statement concerning it to the House before anything else is done about it in the way of discussion. The hon. minister will find the report to which I refer in the Winnipeg ' Tribune ' of May 1 (til. I will send him a copy which; he can return to me.