The expenditure charged to the appropriation, not including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was in 1921-22, $13,305.S3, and to January 31, 1929-30, $31,235.77. The civil government salaries, permanent and temporary, were $7,292.78 in
1921-22, and to January 31, 1929-30, $14,808.40. What about travelling expenses? In 1921-22 travelling expenses amounted to $704.31, and to January 31, 1929.30, to
$3,748.57. The total national health expenditure in 1921-22 was $21,302.92 and to January 31, 1929-30, $49,792.74.
I come now to the number of federal, provincial and municipal convictions for the judicial years ended September 30. They are as follows:
I cannot get the number of convictions for
1929-30. Now, one of two things is taking place to-day. In the report issued by the department, of national health, I find a statement which is not in accordance with the figures which I have given. On page 85 of that report there is this very important paragraph:
Such improvement, of course, is only relative and is to ,a great extent occasioned by the-increasing number of drug traffickers actually being incarcerated, together with a much greater cooperation with and control of the wholesale and retail druggists.
That is in contradiction of the figures which I have here, which show increased expenditure, a bigger staff, and a smaller number of convictions. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain with any authority just what the number of convictions is. The minister must admit that whoever wrote this report realized the gravity of the situation. There is something wrong in the department. Just three weeks ago I asked a number of questions with the purpose of eliciting information as to the actual situation. It is one that deeply concerns our national life, because opium and narcotic drugs generally are the ruination of many. I have not yet received an answer to my questions. I repeat, I find increased
expenditure, a bigger staff, and a smaller number of convictions, and the public is convinced that the opium and narcotic traffic is on the increase. I would like to know from the minister just what the situation is.