I shall certainly look into the matter.
Mr.NANTEL. (Translation.) Mr. Speaker, I notice, that under the law, the animal must be valuated by the minister or by a person appointed by him; and moreover, that the price to be paid must not exceed such figure, that is to say $150 for a grade horse and $300 for a thoroughbred.
It seems to me that the law could be made more simple, and thus prevent all the annoyances to which the minister is exposed. The way should be to pay an average and uniform price; two classes being made a certain price would be paid for a common
horse, and so much for a thoroughbred, the price being fixed by the statute itself. There would then be no necessity of sending valuators on the ground and by that a saving of many costs, and the minister would not be exposed to the annoyance nor to the accusations of undue favour given to political friends, as has been insinuated a moment ago.
Nevertheless supposing that we would not be very particular as to the price to be fixed, it seems to me that there would not be much inconvenience, because a horse affected with the glanders or other contagious disease has no value, and the owner must expect to lose. The above remarks apply with greater force to other animals.