Nationalists are divided on the question of reciprocity.
(From Le Canada's special correspondent).
Ottawa, 16.-I learn on reliable ' castor ' authority that Mr. Monk will vote against the reciprocity proposal and that Mr. Nantel will follow suit.
Th\ Paquet, on the other hand, and Mr. Gilbert, who have been brought into line by numerous protests forwarded by their constituents, will give their support to the reciprocity proposals.
However, the former has come to that conclusion on the ground that he considers the proposal of benefit to Canada. As to the idea whether the proposals are of any advantage to his constituents, he does not concern himself with it in even the slightest measure. He v ent so far as to acknowledge that even should his electors frown on reciprocity, he would support the proposals. The member for L'ls-let is certainly entitled to the country's gratitude under the circumstances; however, it remains to be seen whether his constituents will approve of the principle he propounded or on the contrary will show their distrust at the coming elections by throwing him overboard.
As for Messrs Lortie and Blondin, they have not as yet taken a stand, it is said, and for this good reason that they have not been in the House for over two weeks.
The counties of Champlain and Soulanges are in the same plight as the county of St. Hyaeinthe in reference to its representation in the local house they have as their representatives in the Dominion parliament men who take no interest whatever in the concerns of their electors. Mr. Heroux, while in a mood of tendering good advice, should call tlie attention of these gentlemen to the primary importance of their duties as representatives of the people in parliament.
Mr. Speaker, every statement in reference to me in the above extract is shamefully false. Ever since the opening of this session, I have been discharging faithfully my duty as a member of parliament. I followed assiduously the various debates which have been going on, and I appeal to all my fellow members that I am telling the truth while I flatly contradict the state. 1251
ment which appeared in that paper ' Le Canada,' in the very presence of the man who wrote those lines.
If ' Le Canada,' or the writer of that piece of news, is in a position to show that I have been two weeks away from the House, I shall at once resign as a member of parliament.
Of all the newspapers in the country, I do not think there is another as rotten as ' Le Canada ' when it comes to misrepresenting and knowingly showing things in a false light.