Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
On the 26th of March I had the promise of the Prime Minister that court proceedings in these matters would be taken. I called the attention of the Prime Minister and of the House to the fact that these men could not go to court; if they could they would have done so long ago, but it is wholly in the hands of the Government to bring these matters to couTt. I had a telegram from Mr. Cannon yesterday saying that to his knowledge these men have not been paid nor have proceedings been taken. Is that so, or is it not so? I have no opportunity to speak except on this occasion, for the House is to close in a few minutes. I ask, not as a matter of courtesy but as a matter of justice to these men and women, that, if the 'Government will not pay their claims they should be at once submitted to the court. That was promised on the 26th of March, and it is now the 15th of April, and still no understanding with these people has been reached.
Subtopic: REPORT OP PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE.