Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
I would like to get some information as to the construction and purchase of the vessels that are contemplated. I would like to know where they are to be built, and when; also, what is to be the character of the plant, where the guns and arms are to be manufactured, and generally some information respecting matters that have not been touched upon to any extent so far.
S'ir WILFRID LAURIER. I stated in the debate which took place on the second reading, that it was the intention of the government, if at all practicable, to have these ships built in Canada. I cannot speak definitely upon that because this is a matter which. I think, cannot be definitely determined to-day, but it is our intention to ask for tenders, and we will be guided by the tenders which we receive as to whether or not they shall be built in Canada or whether we shall build them abroad.