So, lion, gentlemen will see that those who knew these people best wanted them to remain where they were. I have other evidence as to the suitability of these people as immigrants, with which I shall not trouble the committee at this time. Before 1 sit down, however, I would say that I think it is to be regretted that the expenditure for immigration should be criticised in the manner that it has been, because I think there is nothing more important which the government can Undertake than this work. Hon. gentlemen talk about immigration as it is carried on by this government, but I noticed the other day a very peculiar circumstance that occurred in connection with the Manitoba government. The gentleman who ran against me in the recent election, Mr. Haslam, was not a thorough-going Conservative according to Mr. Roblin's idea, and a little row has taken place between him and Mr. Roblin. Mr. Roblin said that he was a disgruntled politician, that because he wais not appointed an immigration agent lie turned against his party. When Mr. Haslam wanted to be appointed an immigration agent in Dakota, Mr. Roblin told him, according to an affidavit which Mr. Haslam has made, that he was going to keep the $20,000 voted for immigration purposes for needy supporters of his own. I do not think this government can be accused of anything like that. I think that the results of the immigration policy pursued by this government have borne good fruit, and that the people of the west are thoroughly well satisfied.
Immigration-Contingencies-British and foreign agencies, including salaries of clerks at head office, $330,000.