question raised by the hon. member for Lethbridge, as to whether any elevators that may be established will come under the grain commissioners, I would remind the minister that in 1925 when the new grain act went through -I am speaking from memory of course- provision was made for putting all harbour commission elevators under the control of that board. It may be necessary to include in this bill a section putting in the same category the elevators in this case. I will look up the act of 1925 and in the meantime perhaps the minister will let this section stand.
power given to the corporation in this section too wide? If the power to expropriate is made subject to the approval of the governor in council I shall 'be perfectly satisfied. In New Brunswick it has not been customary to grant such power to private corporations or public corporations without the consent of the governor in council. That is the only suggestion I have to make with regard to this clause.
for an audit in the Revenue and Audit Act. My hon. friend will also find that there is provision in one of the clauses for an officer of the Marine and Fisheries department making an investigation and audit of the books and affairs of the harbour commission. I think therefore, that the question of an audit is already adequately provided for. However, the matter can be raised again on the third reading of the bill if my hon. friend deems it necessary to take that course.
an officer of the department should make an independent audit, but what I had reference to more particularly was the desirability of an annual audit. If the minister will find out whether these harbour commissions come under the Audit Act and will let us know when the bill comes up for third reading, I think that will be satisfactory.
I may as well bring forward at this particular time, and that is that members of the House should have a little more information with regard to the financial standing of these harbour commissions, which are very important bodies having the control of public property. But we do not get any reports from them as to their financial condition and how they carry on their business. I would suggest to the minister that it might be advisable to supply hon. members with a copy of the annual statement of the different harbour commissions so that we can get in better touch with the business they are doing. I am satisfied that would save a good deal of trouble both to the minister and to the commisioners
themselves. If we are in possesion of full information on these matters we would prdb-ably not be so suspicious as we are sometimes inclined to be.