jjosite, 1 do not think the province of Quebec has any reason to be ashamed of its record, because it supported that policy -.for many years. Speaking as a member of the Conservative party, I do not consider the province of Quebec as estranged entirely from us and our policy-by no means. In fact, I must state frankly that I believe elections in the province of Quebec are carried on pretty much as they are anywhere else. Public questions are studied and examined and judged by our people with great accuracy. That is my own personal opinion. In fact, 1 would go the length of saying very frankly that 1 do not believe there is any province In this Dominion where such a keen interest is taken in the great public questions, such as the one now under discussion, as in the province of Quebec ; and the great issues before the country were certainly amply discussed in that province during the last election. Of *course, any man who would say boldly that considerations of race, so far, at any rate, as the right lion. Prime Minister being of the nationality of the majority of that province was concerned, were absolutely not considered by the electorate, would, I think be considerably mistaken. But in that, as lion, gentlemen will admit, there are limits, which it is easy for any man of judgment to establish in his own mind. But other questions were discussed, and to my mind it would certainly be unfair to that great province to say that in the verdict which it gave in the last election it was led purely and simply by racial considerations. The fact is there were other causes affecting the result of the elections in that province and it would be most unfair to say that that cause alone operated. Of course, hon. gentlemen on both sides of the House know that not only in the province of Quebec, but everywhere else, in the heat and struggle which accompanies an electoral contest, parties who are not very responsible sometimes give utterance to sentiments which savour of violence and perhaps appeals to prejudice. But I say truthfully that I am not aware that in that respect the province of Quebec is any worse than any other province. I will give you an instance. Any one who would calmly and coolly sit down and group together and print in a pamphlet, opinions which might hurt the members from the province of Ontario- any one who would cull articles taken from the Quebec press, supposing such articles existed, and group them in a pamphlet, and coolly circulate that pamphlet through the province of Ontario, would be considered as acting unpatriotically and without judgment. Hon. members know that in the heat of the last election there was issued a pamphlet which did ns on this side of the House a great deal of harm. That pamphlet purported to contain -I never myself had time to verify it- articles from certain newspapers, purported , Mr. MONK.
to give chapter and verse for those articles; and it was circulated just before the election. I speak of it with some knowledge, because when I saw that pamphlet, I confess to you frankly, I thought I was a goner.