Mr. DUPUIS (Translation):
Yes, but the
majority has always rested on the Liberal side.
I wish to speak frankly. If the hon. Minister of Marine will study the history of the
county of Laprairie he will find that it is not necessary to go very far back to see that, as recently as 25, 30 or 40 years ago, the Liberals in the town of Laprairie could be counted on the fingers of both hands. He will find that for 25, 30 or 40 years Laprairie county was represented by Conservatives, the last of whom, prior to 1896, was a friend of his and of mine, Mr. Conrad Pelletier, a former baton-nier of Montreal, who resided in Laprairie. Would it not be in his own interest to join Laprairie-Napierville to his own county? I do not wish to leave t'he house under the impression that. I am tendering bait to the hon. Minister of Marine. He knows human nature; he is not unaware of what has happened in Laprairie county at the last three or four elections. He knows that the citizens of Laprairie are not intense partisans; they are men of honour and I have no hesitation in stating that the spirit of liberty prevails in the constituency of Laprairie-Napierville.
An hon. MEMBER (Translation): Hear,