Mr. Speaker, by your leave may I be permitted to read a telegram which I have just received, and which has been sent to me in order to correct a statement which was made a few days ago by the hon. member for DuffeTin (Mr. Best), with regard to contributions made in Montreal by the French Canadian people in connection with the war. The telegram is as follows:
Montreal, January 29, 1917.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier,
As chairman of day's pay Committee which last year secured subscriptions exceeding five hundred thousand dollars from employees in Montreal, I can safely say that at least half of this amount was contributed by French-Cana-dian workingmen and women. The English and French-Canadian citizens of Montreal are at present working hand in hand in the organization of another campaign to raise two and a half million dollars here in February. All interests are working together in the most energetic and harmonious manner for its success.
J. W. McConnell.