Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)
Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called, I wish to give my hon. friend from Selkirk (Mr. Bradbury} the information he asked for the other day in Tegard to the request by the Royal Commission appointed1 by the Manitoba government for access to the original documents connected with the St. Peter's reserve. The fact that the time has passed when under the rules of the House a motion can be made to secure the production of these papers changes the position somewhat from w-hat it was. There is no desire to prevent the inspection of the papers by the Royal Commission, and at the same time it is desirable that the custody of the original documents should remain here or in the office in Winnipeg with respect to such documents as are there. So that if it will at all answer the purpose of the commission, they will he given, on their formal request, an order which will permit their inspection of the original documents in Winnipeg and the original documents heTe. If that will
not meet their requirements, we will try to make some other arrangement.