Thank you. I am very glad to be corrected, but I am afraid that even with the correction my hon. friend's statement is a long way from the facts. However, we will let that go.
There are only one or two of the statements of the hon. member for Brandon that I should like to refer to, because they have already been taken up by the hon. member for Brantford (Mr. Raymond). 1 always like to have my department criticized; I think it is good for any public man to be subject to constructive criticism. I have often complained in the smaller provincial sphere in the WTest that I got very littie criticism, so that I am glad to get it here. My hon. friend referred to the increase in the number of officials in the various departments, including my own. Well, that is so; I hope never to be identified with a department of agriculture, in a young country like Ganada, the staff of which remains stationary or goes back. I do not know of any provincial department of agriculture, or, indeed, any federal department dealing with similar matters, that has not continued to go forward and give a larger service to the country each year. The same applies to many other departments.
My hon. friend has suggested that economies might be effected by various brunches within the departments themselves by paring down the estimates before they come here. If my hon. friend ever has the duty devolving upon him, which he may, of bringing down estimates, he will find that they are pared several times before they come into this House.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE