Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
My hon. friend from Rouville (Mr. Lemieux) made inquiry about communications from provincial governments with regard to proposed'assistance to be given by them to the Government or people of the mother country. Two official communications have been received by the Government. One is from the province of Alberta stating the intention of that province to make a gift of 500,000 bushels of oats, and another is from the Province of Nova Scotia advising us that the contribution of that province would be 100,000 tons of coal. We have observed in the press the statement that the province of Quebec proposes to make a gift of 4,000,000 lbs. of, cheese. No additional communication with regard to that has been brought to my attention. I have no doubt that it will be, in due course. We have also had informal notice that the province of Britich Columbia proposes to make a, gift, but I am not yet advised as to the exact nature of the assistance it desires to offer. Hon. gentlemen will have observed that the Premier of Ontario has made a communication to the press intimating that that province also proposes to offer assistance. We have not yet had official communication with regard to Ontario, British Columbia or Quebec.