May 10, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I said this afternoon that I had an understanding with my hon. friend on the opposite side that the estimates should be advanced. The question was how much. It was understood that certain items would be voted in full and that the others would be voted to at least one-third of their amount. We have received already two-twelfths. My impression was that if, on the 23rd the estimates had not been passed, of what remained, we should get three-twelfths to carry us to the 1st of September. Whether we take the 'whole or three-twelfths does not matter much to me. Ifut I said that, in any event, some estimates would have to be passed entirely or we could not carry on the business of the country. For instance, the payment of the treaty Indians. We have to start parties north very soon and the Indians must be paid the whole of their indemnity. The coronation contingent must be paid1 the whole of their indemnity. The full amount for the Festival of Empire must be paid. Whether my understanding of the arrangement is correct or not is of little moment to me -at the present time. The Minister of Trade and Com-

merce is not in this House, and he has entrusted me with carrying his estimates. This is the only time I can give to explanation for the committee so as to have these passed.

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