Will the hon. gentleman allow me to correct him. I have the statute here, and it says :
A statement shall be laid before both Houses of parliament of the mode in which it is proposed to distribute the grant in the ensuing year and the assent of parliament should be obtained thereto.
That can be done any time during the session. The point my hon. friends raised was as to this statement being laid before parliament within the first twenty days of the-session. The hon. gentleman is wrong on that point. What the statute says with reference to the twenty days is :
A statement shall be laid berore both Houses of parliament within the first twenty days of the next session, of the mode in which the said grant shall have been expended, together with all copies of all Orders in Council relating to such grant and expenditure.
That part of the section refers to what has been expended during the past year, and that is complied with by the presenta^ tion of the departmental report which was within the twenty days I presume. The statement as to the ensuing year can be laid before parliament if any hon. member asks for it at any time during the session, and not within twenty days of the opening.
Mr. LEFURGEY; I submit that that d'oes not conflict in any way with miy contention. The statute to which the hon. member for Queen's referred was passed, I believe, in 1886. The statute to which I referred was the firslt Statute. It was passed in 1882, and required that the principle upon which the bounties were to be paid for the ensuing year was to be brought forward by Order in Council, and placed on the table within twenty days after the meeting of parliament. It was not the intention that the detailed statement should be placed before parliament, because that could not come until the number of the fishermen employed and the number of fish caught were known. At the present time we are entitled to call on the Minister of Marine and Fisheries to place on the table a statement of the method by which he intends the bounties of 1904 to be distributed. This is the reason I am bringing up the plea at this time. I am glad that the Finance Minister supports me in the view that the lobster fishermen should receive a portion of the bounty, and, as the Order in Council has not yet been brought down,
I trust that they will be included in the bounty for the present year.