doubt aware that there was a long debate in the Japanese Diet a few days ago on the question of the treaty between Great Britain and Japan, and reference was also made to the treaty between Japan and Canada. I read a long synopsis of that debate the other day in one of the American papers, and I should like to know if the Government has been approached with regard to a revision of our present treaty with Japan, and whether it has been approached upon the -subject of immigration. The latest available figures show a large increase in Japan
ese immigration to Canada. My hon. friend from British Columbia is very much interested in this question, I know. I may inform him that I receive monthly statements of the Japanese emigration and immigration figures, and these show that about 500 * came to Canada recently. They are classed as returning imigrants, and of course, under the arrangement between the two countries, there is no question about returning immigrants. Are any negotiations taking place between the two countries with regard to immigration, and with regard to the trade treaty? It looks as if there was a strong movement in Japan in favour of a further revision of the treaties, not only between Great Britain and Japan, but between. .Japan and Canada also.
The vessels might be ancillary to the immigration, and of course the treaty affects trade between ourselves and Japan. I think I can calm my hon. friend's anxieties as to any present negotiations between the governments. The debate in the Diet was probably like some of the debates we have here-fast and furious there, but not having much effect elsewhere. No negotiations are in progress at present.
This is a vote made necessary by 'the terms of Confederation. It was an arrangement which we carried out for many years. I think at first we paid $15,000, and when I was Minister of Finance I took the matter up and found that we were under an obligation to pay a subsidy, but that the amount of the subsidy was not expressly stated. I therefore cut it down to $3,000, but this is a sort of saving grace that is administered, every year.
We have settled a great many important matters to-day, and, as it is quite late now and a number of members from the Maritime Provinces who are interested in local services are absent, I would suggest that the committee rise. We will not detain my hon. friend very long on the remaining items.