Mr. H. B. AMES (Montreal, St. Antoine).
Mr. Speaker, before the House goes into supply I wish to raise a question in reference to what certainly seems to me to be an abuse of the franking privilege. A number of my constituents and a number of constituents of other members of this House have, within the last few days, received, franked free through the mails, advertising material from a Montreal house engaged in the sale of dental goods called ' The Franco-American Dental Institute,' manufacturers of and dealers in dental supplies. I have received from various-gentlemen letters from St. Thomas, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, in fact all parts of tl'e Dominion, from dentists and other persons engaged in similar lines of business, saying that this advertising material which is purely commercial, has been sent to practically all the dentists throughout these two older provinces. This matter was brought to my attention by a business man in Monti eal, in a similar line of wholesale business, who complains that one of his competitors is taking advantage of His Majesty's mails and securing the free distribution of a large quantity of advertising material for purely commercial purposes, and I was informed by one of these gentlemen that if necessary he would produce witnesses to describe what they had themselves seen of tile preparation of this advertising material in a business house in the city of Montreal.