In reference to railroads, the hon. Minister of Finance told us that the Transcontinental was not a venture obtaining his full admiration. I contend that the public is interested in being told why certain sections pay more and others pay less, in order that some remedy may be found, while the others are being further developed. According to a reply made by the hon. Minister of Railways, the people of this country and their representatives have no right to be informed as to these details. I cannot agree with him. I can see no other reason for the 'Government's opposition to giving such information but its criminal negligence towards this national enterprise. In spite of all its adverse dispositions and its ability to bungle railroads, that work is the work of a great man and it shall not perish to-morrow, the Quebec Government will come to its relief by building at its own expense a new line which will develop the Timiskaming region.
Upon another occasion, I asked the Government whether a certain party, Miss Yvonne Lamontagne, had not received a Government bonus and if a similar bonus had not been promised other employees. The hon. Minister of the Interior replied in the negative, although that lady has actually received a $250 bonus and that the same bonus had been promised to others who did not receive it. I do not mean to question his good faith, for he personifies justice on the opposite side of this House, hut he is wrongly informed and he has led the House into error. Would he only grant me a short investigation, I might call up certain witnesses who would certainly convince him. If I make such a remark, it is because I believe the minority have the right to get the facts and to know how the country's money is' being spent.
I might have put. more questions on the Orders of -the Day, but I must state that the present Government, who disregards the rights of the people and of its representatives, have made such questions unpleasant to me. When a member asks the Government a question he is entitled to know the truth. I have, however, found out that, on several occasions, truth was sadly neglected, a fact which may hereafter compel the members to adopt a different procedure. Thus, the Minister of Labour had the information given me, when I had put questions about strikes, that everything was all right, that everything was going well, that everything went better than in the past years. When I asked him to take some kind of a stand in order to prevent the people from being compelled to resort to strikes to meet their obligations, his answer was a report of the strikes up to 1918, without mentioning the period elapsed since the armistice, during which numerous strikes closely followed one another. He replied to me that I was allowing myself to be mystified by circumstances. I do not know whether Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, have not given him in his turn sufficient subjects for mystification. Since, on the very floor of this House, we are charged with letting ourselves be mystified by circumstances, I certainly have the right, to tell the Government to account for all these strikes extending from ocean to ocean. I certainly have the right to ask the Government an account of all the hardships the people are enduring, of their privations, of the thefts caused by want and hunger. I certainly have the right to call them to account for the deaths due to privations, when people could1 not earn enough wages to get the necessary care and food for their condition. I must call them to account for the Bolshevist spirit which is spreading, especially in the West, and of which we have a few samples in Montreal. That spirit of Bolshevism, I must say that they are the ones who have produced it by failing in their promises in every way, and even in creating organizations to show the people how Bolshevism could become a success. I refer to the famous organization paid by the Government and whose leader was Ti-Noir Desjardins. One of the latter's companions was a candidate against me, in 1917, in Saint Mary's. To-day he is afliliated, through his labour council, to the " One Big Union," which is the same as the I.W.W., a most Bolshevist organization. 'It is the Government who have taught them, in the province of Quebec, the way to start an organization that could overthrow authority.
Inasmuch as the working class is now suffering, I ask the Government if they .are able to tell me what they have done since they have been in power to give that class an opportunity to earn living wages. They, claim to be a democratic government, I would .ask them to tell me what they have atempted to do, not to settle the present conditions, not to ward off the strikes, for that would be no easy task, but to attenuate the economical crisis which is the cause of the people's sufferings. They have absolutely done nothing.
I may aisk the Government to tell me what they have done towards relieving the workingman who is being crushed to-day, it would seem, under the burden of misery