I regret that my hon. friend should have thought fit to speak sneeringly of the names of electors in my constituency. It is not the privilege of many to be known under the name of Lapointe. I must say that I represent a county comprising many new settlements, a thriving region, and I am not backward in requesting the opening of post offices in sufficient numbers. Long enough that county had been negleoted; long enough our friends on the other side had dismissed all applications, however reasonable, submitted by the representative of L'Islet. Since the coming of the Conservatives into power, I found in the hon. Postmaster General, a man who understands what are the needs of the settlers in the county of L'Islet.
Before we reached power, the settlers and farmers of the county of L'Islet, in order to get to a post office, had to travel over distances varying between seven and twelve miles. That was satisfactory to the member for Kamouraska, but as regards farmers and settlers, the story was a different one. I thought the Postmaster General would be able to do something in their behalf, and I congratulate and thank him for having given some relief to that class of sturdy workers. That may be the reason why the member for Kamouraska is so sour on the Postmaster General and the member for L'Islet who both work in their interest.
In cities such as Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and others, the people a^e not any better than those I represent, notwithstanding which the mail is distributed from house to house. Why should we not have in our rural districts as many post offices as are required to dispense people of the necessity of travelling over distances of ten miles to get their mail, as was the case under the Liberal rule. The county of L'Islet is progressing, and I am ready to discuss that question with the hon. member for Kamouraska; let him come into my county and upbraid the minister for having done his duty towards that fine agricultural class.