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


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. D. MONK.

(Jacques Cartier.) (Translation.) I think, Mr. Speaker, that ve owe a debt of gratitude to the hon. member for L'Isle, for the interesting and absolutely impartial speech he has just delivered on the question of repatriation. Our friend has treated the question from a high standpoint, and with warmth. His remarks were dictated by no party consideration, and I think that the House will admit that he is the first member from the province of Quebec-at least since I have the honour of sitting here-who has raised that question.
Who among the members sitting on your right has ever, since twelve years, made a speech to point out the means which should be adopted to put a stop to that evil, the effects of which the member for L'Islet has so eloquently explained ? The evil he speaks of has since many years been causing to Canada and particularly to the province of Quebec, most serious and painful economic losses. Yet I never heard the gentlemen opposite mention it. I myself have spoken of it two or three time though not in a special manner. But at the present moment, during the opening days of a new parliament, when immigration questions are about to become of burning in-

terest as stated by the hon. minister, who has) just sat down, it was right, I think, that a representative from the province of Quebec should rise in this House to draw our attention, not to the Yellow Peril of which he cannot bridge, but to the peril resulting from the weakening of national lif e in the province of Quebec.
Notwithstanding the eloquent tribute paid by the Postmaster General to the member for L'lslet, I cannot think that he has rendered him entire justice. The hon. minister began by stating that since 1896, the exodus which is causing so much harm to many of our countrymen has been checked.
Mr. TALBOT (Belleehasse.) (Translation.) That is true.

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