With the permission of the House, I desire to mention this one matter briefly. When the estimates of the Marine and Fisheries Department were under consideration, the hon. member for West Hastings (Mr.' Porter) stated that he had some information with regard to one of the fish-
eries inspectors taking part in an election. The hon. leader of the opposition also made some remarks, and I gave my promise that I would write to the officer referred to. I wrote inclosing him a copy of the remarks of the kon. member for West Hastings, and have received his reply and also the affidavit of the party who was alleged to have been influenced by this officer to sign the protest against the hon. member. The hon. member for West Hastings has spoken about it once or twice, and if he had been present when the estimates were up I would have been pleased to lay the information before the committee. I believe this should be done, and I think every one will recognize that it is only due to the officer whose conduct has been called in question that his letter should be given. This is the letter :
Belleville, Ont., March 6, 1902. The Hon. James Sutherland,
Minister of Marine and Fisheries,
Hon. Sir,-I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated Ottawa, March 3rd, respecting the statements made by Mr. Porter, M.P. for West Hastings, that X took an active part in the recent by-election in that riding, and that I solicited the petitioner to sign the petition against him.
In reply to the first statement, I beg to say that I took no part, directly or indirectly, in the recent election contest in West Hastings, nor did I ask any man to vote or not to vote. I may say further that I did not attend any meeting, either public or private.
With regard to the second statement made by Mr. Porter, I beg to say that I dil not solicit the petitioner to sign the petition against him, nor did I ask any one else to sign it nor did any one consult me about signing the petition.
I have the honour to he, sir,
Your obedient servant,
Subtopic: THE CASE OF J. M. HURLEY.