Mr. E. LAPOINTE:
I desire in connection with this vote to offer a suggestion, or present a request to the Government- perhaps I should say that I am only claiming a right. I was in London last year and I happened to go to the High Commissioner's office in company 10 ip.m. with two lawyers from the city of Quebec-Mr. J. E. Chapleau, K.C., and Mr. Simon Lapointe, K.C. One of my companions was curious to learn whether he could be understood in French in the High Commissioner's office. The first official to whom he spoke only shook his head. He then went into the various rooms in the building and tried to get the information he wanted, but nowhere in the High Commissioner's office in London could the French language be understood. Now, Mr. Chairman, the French language is spoken everywhere in London. In the large stores, in all the hotels, in all the public offices, and in the railway stations, notices are posted in both languages. In all the large churches, even of the Church of England-and thereare very few Frenchmen who belong to that denomination-French is recognized. In St. Paul's Cathedral and the other churches you will observe notices posted in both French and English. In the city of London the French language occupies the position which it enjoys in all civilized countries and among all educated people. Sir, it is a pity, and I thought it was regrettable, that the only place where French could not be either spoken or understood was the office of the High Commissioner for Canada, a country in which the French language is official. I avail myself of this opportunity to ask that this grievance be redressed, and that at least one of the three clerks who are to 'be appointed as a result of this vote shall be a person able to understand the questions of gentlemen of French extraction who may go to London and who want to be heard and understood in their own language. , ,
Subtopic: CANADIAN GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS.