Mr. DUPUIS (Translation):
I really admit that Laprairie-Napierville, with 21,000 of a population according to the census of 1931 is too small a riding. It is necessary to build it up by the addition of surrounding territory. But do our friends the Conservatives count as nothing the history of a county, its people, its business, the mode of life of its citizens? Are the customs of a people to be set at naught? Is it reasonable to separate two old counties like Laprairie and Napier-ville? As a matter of fact, Laprairie is one of the oldest counties in Canada, after Montreal, if not the oldest, for it was founded only a few years later than Montreal. If our friends opposite consider the customs of a people as a matter of some importance, why do they not take into account the fact that the citizens of Laprairie-Napierville have lived together for more than two centuries?