Mr. BARRETTE (Translation):
tells us that in the lean y'ears Joseph's policy rendered great service to humanity. I do not see w'hy' w'e should not adopt the same policy in this country.
One third, sir, of the population of Canada speaks the French language, and I think that proportionately to the total population, we are responsible for one third of the country's debts, w'e should, therefore, on the same basis, equally enjoy its privileges. I have always felt independent in parliament. The leader of the Conservative party' stated, at the last elections, that Quebec would not be neglected and nothing would be too good for her. I heartily and joyfully endorsed such a statement. I am aware that the Prime Minister has been too busy to look into this matter and grant what we have a right to expect, however, I hope that the day is not far off when w'e shall receive all that we have a right to, when we shall hold the position to w'hich w'e are entitled in this country. Under the late administration w'e were neglected; we must be better dealt with and I feel certain that the leader of the government will be lavish in his grants.
As long as I occupy' a seat in this parliament, rest assured that I shall be the champion of our rights, race, language and creed.
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