Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).
Before the House adjourns, I would like to bring to the attention of the hon. Minister of Finance, who is leading the House at this time, a communication which I observe in ' La Patrie ' of this evening. As that paper has somewhat the character of an official organ, I attached more weight to this communication than I would to one in some other newspapers. The communication, which I will translate, is as follows :
I have nothing official, but I am under the impression that if the pending negotiations between Kitchener and the Boers are not successful, a new contingent will be recruited in Canada at the expense of the War Office. It is even said that in case of peace this contingent will serve as police, and will replace troops whom it is desired to retire from active service.
I wish to inquire of my hon. friend the Minister of Finance whether there have been any negotiations or whether any circumstances have taken place to lend any warrant to this communication in ' La Patrie ' ?
Subtopic: ADJOURNMENT-THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR.