February 10, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


Reverend Father M.

Martineau, in his pamphlet; 'Projet de Colonisation,' says: ' If the three millions of French Canadians sprung from the 60,000 souls who formed the Canadian nation in 1760, resided, if not all, in the province of Quebec at least within the limits of Canada, would we not be in a much better position to protect and defend our rights, our language and our faith and to lend a helping hand to the feebler groups of our countrymen living among people who are often hostile to them? '
We ardently desire the return of ' our people ' in order to increase the prestige of our nationality and to contribute our full share to the prosperity of the Dominion.
The work of repatriatoin is a great national work, but we understand that it is a dificu't one. As a public speaker once said: ' Repatriation has got beyond the domain of official literature ' it is going on every day with increasing success. Thanks to the work of colonization societies, to the help of the railways, to Governments' grants, to the good will of public men and to the active and disinterested helo of the public at large, the final results are no longer uncertain.
Statistics furnished by the Department of the Interior are encouraging. From 1901 to the 1st December, 1907, 31,644 Canadians have returned to Canada.
Our immigration agents in the United States report favourably in this respect. Mr. D. Gauthier writes as follows to the Minister of the Interior: * It is everywhere recognized that Canada is the land of the future, offering as it does exceptional advantages for the settlement of numerous families and an excellent field for the investment of capital. As a rule, Canadians living in the United States favour the idea of returning to Canada. They intend and before long the'- will do so. We have sown the seed in fertile soil and may reasonably expect an abundant harvest.'
On the 11th July 1905. Rev. Father Va chon wrote: 'I have continued the work begun some years ago and I am pleasd to be able to report good results as to the quality and the number of settlers.'
Mr. Scott reported, 7th July, 1906: 'The repatriation of French Canadians has occupied the attention of the Department since some years past and considerable progress has been made.'

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