On the motion of Sir Robert Borden for Committee of Supply:
Mr. E. LAPOINTE (Kamouraska) moved in amendment, seconded by Mr. E. B. Devlin:
That all the words after " that " in the main motion toe struck out and the following substituted therefor:
" It has long been the fettled policy of Great Britain whenever a country passed under the sovereignty of the Crown by treaty or otherwise, to respect the religion, usages and language of the inhabitants who thus become British subjects:
"That His Majesty's subjects of French origin in the province of Ontario complain that by recent legislation they have been to a large extent deprived of the privilege which they and their fathers have always enjoyed since Canada passed under the sovereignty of the British Crown, of having their children taught in French.
" That this House especially at this time of universal sacrifice and anxiety, when all energies should toe concentrated on the winning of the war, would, while fully recognizing the principle of provincial rights and the necessity of every child being given a thorough English education, respectfully suggest to the Legislative Assembly the wisdom of making it clear that the privilege of the children of French parentage of being taught in their mother tongue be not interfered with."