Mr. BELL (Hamilton):
I am not opposing the motion, Your Honour. The hon. member for Quebec West (Mr. Parent) is making this motion in place of the chairman of the committee, the hon. member for Cartier (Mr. Jacobs). When the committee was in session yesterday I made two motions, and I think the hon. member for Quebec West has not quite grasped the import of what took place.
The first motion was for the production of material in connection with the Matane dredging contract. This matter dealt with items from the Auditor General's reports of 1924, 1925 and 1926, and it was then suggested that without leave of the house it would not be possible to have the reports for those three years taken up.
The second motion was in relation to the Beauchemin library, and dealt with extracts from the Auditor General's reports for the years 1926, 1927 and 1928.
In view of the fact that information is sought in regard to these matters, and the files relating to entries appearing in the Auditor General's report for those respective years are asked for, it was thought, that the house should be requested to refer to that committee all of the entries and all the files relating to the various years. The hon. member for Cartier undertook to bring that matter up and place it before the house. I am quite satisfied that that was his intention but he has been unexpectedly called away, and I am asking now that the hon. member for Quebec West place the matter before the house.