BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 131) to amend the Canada Shipping Act.
CANADA SHIPPING ACT.
The purpose of the Bill is to add some words to the French version which were accidentally omitted in the translation from the English version of the Act.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.
CHARGES ON LOANS.
Mr. SAMUEL SHARPE (Ontario).
I direct the attention of the Minister of Finance to the return brought down with reference to the expenses in connection with certain loans. It does not state the names of those to whom moneys were paid.
Hon. W. S. FIELDING.
All these payments are made to the financial agents of the government, the Bank of Montreal. I do not think we have the names of the persons to whom the amounts are paid individually, The commissions are paid entirely to the Bank of Montreal and they arrange for the underwriting when underwriting is necessary. The advertising has been done through an advertising agency in London, and I suppose the details could be obtained.
Mr. SAMUEL SHARPE.
Is that in addition to the underwriting?
Mr. SAMUEL SHARPE.
I will have attention called to the observations of my hon. friend and see whether any further information can be obtained.
LOANS ISSUED SINCE 1907.
The Minister of Finance has not yet brought down the return with reference to the loans issued since 1907.
I will make inquiry.
I was under the impression I had brought down all except one asked for by my hon. friend (Mr. Ames).
CENTRAL RAILWAY OF NEW BRUNSWICK.
Before the orders of the day are called I would like to ask the First Minister if in view of the report of the Royal Commission which has been issued in the city of St. John, N.B., and which to a certain extent affects two of the officers of the government, he has yet decided upon any course of action, or if he has anything to communicate to the House with reference to it.
Mr. Speaker, I may say I have not seen that report. I have only seen extracts from it in the public press. At this moment I have no communication at all to make to the House.
NEGOTIATIONS WITH GERMANY.
I call the attention of the government to a telegraphic despatch in this morning's paper in reference to an article in the London 'Standard' which states that negotiations towards a treaty are going on between the Canadian government and Germany. I ask the Prime Minister if there have been at any time such negotiations, and if they are proceeding at present.