Mr. J. F. POULIOT (Temiscouata) (Translation) :
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege with reference to an article published in the " Evenement," on April 12, last.
With large headlines this newspaper publishes what follows: Mr. J. F. Pouliot interrupted by cries of "Taschereau, Taschereau" and " who placed the bomb."
The question of privilege refers to the following extract:
An ever youthful member from ou.r province distinguishes himself at Ottawa by wild sallies against the Prime Minister of Quebec. Last night, the House of Commons clearly manifested that he would be the gainer by becoming somewhat more discreet. His speech interrupted by a devil of a noise, became almost as unintelligible as unintelligent. The opposition having taken up the cry of Taschereau, the Govern-
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ment side replied by applauses. While our fiery member once more sat down, happy of having created a storm. But it was a storm of laughter.
The " Evenement " passes for a business newspaper.
Has it not an upward scale of rates for lostly publicity?
Is it true that the first come, in that newspaper, may be bombarded. Your Honour, for one dollar; Your Lordship, for two dollars; Your Excellency, for three dollars; Your Highness, for four dollars, and Your Imperial Highness, for five dollars.
The downward scale for cheap and popular publicity is in that newspaper very amusing.
Is it true that one may be called a Governor for half a dollar; Colonel for a quarter; that for ten cents they shine your boots, and for five cents they lick them?
From July 1, last, the Quebec government has paid for printing and publicity $9,961.38 to this newspaper, whose president, Mr. J. H. For.tier, the directing soul of the P. T. Legare establishment, loudly clamours for protection so as to sell agricultural implements dearer to farmers.
If this is a business paper it is a slot machine paper.