Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
I really do not know precisely what is in the return, but I want to assure my hon. friend that if he is desirous of making any charges in regard to the purchase of submarines, we are prepared to grant him the fullest possible investigation. I have already brought down and laid upon the table of the House a telegram from Sir Richard McBride, in which he asked that, in view of the observations made by the hon. member for St. John, inquiry should be made into that matter. I replied that it did not seem to me that the observations which had been made in the matter merited the notice which he thought should be taken of it; to which, in reply, he said that he would very greatly regret that any suggestion should go abroad that he did not desire an investigation. He said that in view of what I had said he would leave the matter to my colleagues and myself. My hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has brought down and laid on the table of the House the telegram alluded to, as well as a letter from Sir Richard McBride, confirming the telegram, and including the observations which he felt called upon to make in the legislative assembly of the province of British Columbia, in which he repudiated in the most cogent terms the suggestions which were made by the hon. member for St. John of improper conduct on his part in connection with the matter.