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Statement showing the quantity and value of the undermentioned oils imported for consumption in Canada during the fiscal years 1909 to 1917, inclusive, and by months for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918; showing also the duty and war tax collected thereon.

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Statement showing the quantity and value of the undermentioned oils imported for consumption in Canada during the fiscal years 1909 to 1917, inclusive, and by months for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918; showing also the duty and war tax collected thereon-Continued.

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Statement showing the quantity and value of the undermentioned oils imported for consumption in Canada during the fiscal years 1909 to 1917, inclusive, and by months for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918; showing also the duty and war tax collected thereon-Continued.

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Statement showing the quantity and value of the undermentioned oils imported for consumption in Canada during the fiscal years 1909 to 1917, inclusive, and by months for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918; showing also the duty and war tax collected thereon-Concluded.

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During the last 10 years the total quantity imported was 1,944,859,930 gallons at a declared value of..

During the last 12 months the total quantity imported was 387,982,714 gallons at a declared value of..

Department of Customs, Ottawa, April 24, 1918.

$100,631,665

24,889,433

I do not wish to weary the House with any lengthy debate on this question. My endeavour is to bring the facts so forcibly before the country that they cannot be gainsaid by scientists or stock operators, but must be accepted as representing accurately what Canada can do and what this country has to offer to the capitalists of the world to induce people to come in and develop these industries as we are unable to do because of the immense amount of money required.

Hon. Mr. GIRROIR: I think this is one of the most important questions that has come before the Senate this session, and I have much pleasure in seconding the motion. We all realize that the supply of oil in the Pennsylvania oil fields and in other parts of the United States is growing less, while the demand for oil is growing greater. On account of the numerous inventions which use oil as motive power, the time is not far distant when the different governments will have to look beyond the present oil wells for their supplies of oil. I had intended to make some remarks upon this subject, because in the province of Nova Scotia, from which I come, there are very extensive deposits of oil shales to be found in the counties of Hants, Pictou and Antigonish. I think the honourable member for Rothesay (Hon. Mr. Domville) is to be congratulated on the study which he has given to this subject, and on the way in which he has brought it to the attention of this House. As I wish to make some further remarks on this subject, and am not prepared to go on to-day, I would move the adjournment of the debate.

The motion for the adjournment of the debate was agreed to.

FRENCH CANADIAN CASUALTIES.

Hon. Sir JAMES LOUGHEED: I promised my honourable friend from Granville (Hon. Mr. Choquette) to secure the information for which he asked yesterday touching certain casualty lists which appeared in the press, particularly the Montreal Gazette. I have to say that the casualty lists are issued in a form drawn to meet the requirements of the General Officers Commanding in Chief the Allied armies in the field. It is not permissible in casualty lists or in any reports to reveal either the battalions or batteries in which casualties occur or the theatres of war in which they are sustained; it having been found that the identification of casualties with particular areas or with particular

battalions of infantry, batteries of artillery, etc., furnish useful information to the enemy.

MILITARY AND NAVAL DEFENCE BILL. FIRST READING.

Bill 38, an Act granting to His Majesty aid for Military and Naval Defence.-Hon. Sir James Lougheed.

ORGANIZATION OF EMPLOYMENT

OFFICES BILL.

FIRST READING.

Bill 57, an Act to aid and encourage the organization and coordination of employment offices.-Hon. Sir James Lougheed.

INDIAN ACT AMENDMENT BILL.

FIRST READING.

Bill 64, an Act to amend the Indian Act. -Hon. Sir James Lougheed.

DOMINION LANDS ACT AMENDMENT BILL.

THIRD READING.

Hon. Sir JAMES LOUGHEED moved the third reading of Bill 5, an Act to amend the Dominion Lands Act.

Hon. Mr. McMEANS: On behalf of the honourable member from Selkirk (Hon. Mr. Bradbury), I beg leave to move that the Bill be not now read a third time, but be amended as follows:

Add the following to clause 6 as subsection 4 of section 25:

"(4) It shall be prima facie evidence that a person is not entitled to obtain letters patent for a homestead, if having been originally a subject of, or resident in, any of the states now at war with His Majesty and having become by naturalization a subject of His Majesty, that person has, at any time since the first day of May, nineteen hundred and fourteen, been in any such state or left Canada to go to any such state; and the burden of proof to the contrary shall be upon any such person."

Page 4, line 4.-For "is" substitute "subsections are."

Hon. Mr. POWER: With the amendment as a whole I have no quarrel, but I would draw the attention of the House to the fact that it contains an unusual and what I consider an unreasonable addition in the words of the last line: "and the burden of proof to the contrary shall be upon any such person." That is not only contrary to all our traditions of British law and British sense of fair play, but it is practically making the position of the claimant an impossible one. While I do not object to the substance of the provision, I think those words should be stricken out

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