Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):
Some three weeks ago I
made reference to certain returns which had been brought down in answer to orders of the House and called attention to the fact that the most important features of them had been omitted. The Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Cardin), whose department was chiefly concerned, promised to have the omissions looked into as they constituted contempt of the House. I have reminded him twice of the matter and of his promise but I have had so far nothing but promises. We are now at the last moment of the session and the missing returns have not been supplied.
I must offer the comment that there is some significance in bringing down returns so obviously defective in particulars that go to the heart of the matters involved, and in declining to make good the defects right up to the end of the session and even in defiance of repeated promises. Some important returns have yet to be brought down, although I may say that of those orders I mentioned the other day some were complied with yesterday, too late however, to be of the slightest value this session.