March 28, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


Now, the hon. gentleman made it a point to interrupt me repeatedly when I was up before. 1 simply made the request to be allowed to explain. Then it was said that the farm was purchased-[DOT] why ? For this reason, that as soon as the farm got into the hands of a Roman Catholic it was subject to the tithes which the church could collect, and thus became a supporter of the church ; but that so long as it was owned by a Protestant, it was not a supporter of the church. Therefore there was a strong inducement for the Roman Catholic to purchase it. It was said that a fund was raised by the church for this purpose- not improperly at all-and that one farm after another was taken over in that way until the English-speaking population got to be so few that they were unable to keep up their schools and churches, and these were closed ; the people had no community of interest amongst themselves because they could not keep up their schools, their children were raised in ignorance ; and this application was made to the government for assistance or for a loan to enable a number of these people to go to the Northwest Territories. That is the explanation.

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