Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)
Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).
Mr. Speaker, I am not aware that I stated to the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce that I quoted from the Year-book of 1889. It does not appear from what the hon. gentleman himself says that he has any fault to find with the Year-book of last year or that of the previous year, which were the Yearbooks I referred to. The statistics of these
Year-books are set out in the returns which have been laid on the Table of the House by members of the government in the past two years, and they were the very statistics to which X had reference. X therefore insist that the figures which I quoted and on which I relied, are figures furnished by this government to the country and paid for by this government out of the country's money, and figures which any member desiring to address the House has a perfectly legitimate right to rely upon. If I had told the hon. gentleman that I was quoting from the Year-book of 1889, the observations which he has made might have some relevance; but as he knows that that was not the Year-book to which I referred