February 25, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney Fisher).

I may say, in the first place, that notice was given to the leader of the ojiposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax) last night that these estimates would be taken up to-day, and in the second place, I may say that the report of the department was laid on the Table of the House on Friday last, so that it has been in the hands of hon. members for three or four days. Of course, I have no desire at all to press hon. members opposite, or to debar them from every opportunity of discussing these estimates, or of getting all the information possible, but, I think, perhaps, that the business of the House would be unduly interfered with and delayed if the estimates are not taken up. If these estimates are not gone on with it practically means that none can be, because the estimates of the other 11

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