No, I never made any statement which would convey the impression that the government bound itself to do anything with regard to the tariff this year. I have no doubt told deputations that we could not do what they wanted at present, and of course, I knew that they would come back next year, and every other year until they got what they wanted. But if my hon. friend wishes to convey the impression that, either directly or indirectly, speaking either for myself or the government, I ever gave any assurance which would bind the government beyond the then existing session, I am bound to tell him that he is entirely mistaken. The object of any statements of mine was to deal with the occasion as it presented itself, and when the future would come, we would deal with that future in the light then before us.
At six o'clock, House took recess.
House resumed at eight o'clock.
Subtopic: WILFRID LAURIER.