Being conversant with the territory covered by this discussion, Mr. PRINGLE.
there is a great temptation for me almost to attempt to make a speech; but I will resist the temptation. This is a matter that was brought before the department some months ago, and it was placed before members of the government-the premier, I think the Minister of Public Works, and myself. It is a matter of such great importance that it could not be dealt with quickly or without the gravest consideration. The government feeling that it affected particularly three departments-the Marine Department, the Public Works Department and the Railways and Canals Department-appointed a chief engineer of each of those departments, and these three form a committee, as it were, to-look into the matter from the departmental standpoint. They have not yet submitted to their respective departments the result of their investigation; they have not yet had time to do so. But, to be very brief, the matter is of such great importance-and there are two sides to it-that before anything could be done it would require the best consideration of the best talent that could be brought to bear upon it. The government has no idea of taking any steps to commit the country to anything in connection with this scheme until parliament has a full opportunity to discuss it and approve or disapprove of it.
Subtopic: IS, 1908