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

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

Of course, the report of my department does not contain this information; it is to be found in the report of the archivist, which is a supplement to the report of the department. Dr. Brymner's instructions to the people in London are of the ordinary nature of departmental instructions from the head of a branch to those under him. I might bring down the letters Dr. Brymner has written to the London office in the course of the year, but I fancy they would not be very instructive or ,interesting to the House. I know I would not care to read them myself. The hon. member for East Elgin (Mr. Ingram) speaks of the report of the archivist not being a summary of the documents, but I think, perhaps he did not apprehend what I tried to explain. The copying is not done for the report of the archivist. The documents are put upon the shelves of the archivist's office, and there they can be consulted by students. The report comprises a list of the documents and also, generally, papers on some particular subject-I mean articles taking up some particular phases or periods of our history. This conveys a great deal of information for the public; but students wlfo wish to consult the documents are expected to visit the archivist's office and consult them there. It would be Impossible to print all the papers that are copied; or, at least, it would make a large addition to the report each year and would greatly increase the cost of printing.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   EDITION
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