1. Has the government, or any of its members, received communication of the following documents :-
Valleyfield, 21st March, 1904.
To His- Honour the Mayor and the Councillors of the town of De Salaberry de Valleyfield.
The petition of the undersigned ratepayers of the said town respectfully repre'sents :
That for some months back the cotton company has not given the working people of this town the work that they have a right to expect;
That the company has decreased considerably the number of its working people ;
That those who are still employed lose one or more days every fortnight, which is a source of considerable uneasiness in the town ;
That as the town, since the establishment of the manufactory in Valleyfield, has given the said company, either in the form of bonuses or in that of exemptions from and commutations of taxes, a sum amounting to two or three hundred thousand dollars, and probably over that amount, it is important that the council sees that the said company fulfils its obligations ;
That this state of things causes an uneasiness in the towm, and that the causes of or reasons for such a state of affairs are unknown ;
The petitioners beg of the council to kindly take their present petition into serious consideration and to see that the measures to be taken under tho circumstances be adopted without delay.
L. J. H. Langevin, Ferdinand Laniel, Dr. M. Lefebvre,
J. M. Guindon,
S. Fortier J. H. Leboeuf Joseph Morand,
O. P. Prieur,
N. A. Ostingy, Emile Soly, Arthur Belanger, J. F. SSvigny,
Wilfrid Beaudry, Charles Morrier, Jos. Cardinal Leandro Gendron, T. Patenaude, Alfred Gobeil,
N. S. Martin,
A. H. Besner,
J. Gilbert Chasles,
D. A. Daignault,
Jos. Arthur Gauthier, J. C. Choquette, Edouard Denis,
J. F. Beique,
S. W. Vebert,
W. Bourdon, ..
Valleyfield, March 31, 1904.
To His Worship the Mayor and Council of the town of S. de Valleyfield.
Gentlemen,-I am in receipt of your esteemed favour of the 21st instant, inclosing a resolution passed by your council at the request of a number of citizens of your town, asking to know the reason why this company have considerably reduced the number of their employees, and also why they are running short time, and in reply would say that I have placed this matter in the hands of our manager, Mr. Fred. Lacey, who will inform yourself and council fully re this matter in a day or two.
For the Montreal Cotton Company,
Subtopic: COTTON MILLS AT VALLEYFIELD.