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


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


(Translation.) The house situated in the parish of which the hon. minister himself is a resident. My informer stated: That is the result of the exodus.
And why should we endeavour to pander with the truth? There was a time when
people were leaving this country in large numbers. The flow of emigration has diminished since. It is pretty well known that perfect happiness is not to be found in the United States, that milk does not flow in their rivers, nor gold for that matter, that prosperity has some drawbacks in tnat country. That is why the flow of emigration has diminished, but it has not ceased. I am satisfied that statistics might be found in support of that statement.
Two or three years ago, I went to Philadelphia in company with the hon. Postmaster General. We were invited to a banquet and there we were met by a large number of English speaking Canadians, of great ability no doubt, who had come there from the Maritime Provinces. It is that same exodus which has depopulated the Maritime Provinces which has also drawn away from Canada so many of our French speaking Canadians. Who can deny it? Young men in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, being unable to find at home a wide enough scope for their activity, have gone to the United States and have remained there.
The statement that the hon. member for L'lslet has made in reference to the people of the province of Quebec, of a more or less industrial character, who have emigrated to the United States, might be extended to the remainder of Canada . That exodus has been going on in all parts of the country, and is still going on.
It seems as if the Postmaster General had considered as a reflection on the government as a vicious attack on his party, what was an entirelv unprejudiced statement of fact. It refers to a state of things which claim just now our whole attention; but the hon. gentleman has thought fit to throw that red herring across the track and view it as a reflection on this government and his party.
Do hon. members know by what magic at a certain time in 1896, when there was a change of government, that evil which the member for LTslet has just pointed out came to an end. The Hon. Postmaster General has told us. Some hon. members must have been surprised to hear him make the statement: it is the new tariff policy of the government put in force in 1896. How can that be made to agree with the statements made in public by the ex-Minister of the Interior (Mr.Sifton), whose authority the Postmaster General appeals to just now, and whom he eulogizes in the strongest terms. Such change of position is rather surprising to those who have not forgotten that at the time that minister resigned the French party organs of the Postmaster General bitterly attacked that ex-minister.

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