Mr. W. G. ERNST (Queens-Lunenburg):
I should like to direct the attention of the government to the fact that forest fires have been raging through the southern part of Nova Scotia, not only in the county of Yarmouth and Shelburne represented by the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston), but even in worse form in the county of Queens and now, I believe, in the county of Lunenburg. In Queens about 150 people have been rendered homeless and desolate. Relief associations have been formed and the provincial government has made contributions. The city of Halifax and some of the towns and municipalities throughout the province have also made substantial contributions. I should like to ask the government to take under consideration the question of affording substantial relief in connection with this situation. There is a precedent for assistance being given because some years ago it was done in the case of Jamaica.
Subtopic: FOREST FIRES IN NOVA SCOTIA