Mr. DURANLEAU (Translation):
hon. friend is well aware of the high regard in which I hold him. I thank him for the kind words he uttered about me a moment ago. I may say that the feeling is mutual. What I said about the conformation of Laprairie county was spoken in jest. All the circumstances were duly weighed before preparing the schedule to the bill, and my hon. friend is well aware of the difficulties the committee encountered in respect of Laprairie-Napierville in its endeavours to effect a suitable redistribution. The hon. member admits that it was necessary to merge two counties in that part of the province in order to give Montreal a larger representation. Having gone through all these difficulties, the committee deemed it well to perform the marriage to which my hon. friend has referred and which is not such a bad one after all. I acknowledged yesterday that the arrangement was not a perfect one; but, in the circumstances, the committee considered it was the best it could do.