Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
I am afraid I cannot give as full information as the Minister would be able to give were he present. I understand that Mr. Bastedo was appointed last vear to confer with the provincial governments with, a view of obtaining, if possible, a basis for a settlement. Mr. Bastedo was engaged in that work when he was called upon to serve in the Trade and Commerce Department in connection with the annuities law. Some few weeks ago several of the provincial governments were represented in Ottawa on a matter which was not directly concerned with this question, but I understand that at the conference it was to some extent discussed. It is the intention of the minister to resume the discussion, but further than this I cannot say.