(Translation.) He has been slow in answering, and he knows that I am unable to take up his challenge just now.
The hon. Postmaster General has referred to the tariff question. He is well aware that his party has held fast to the policy which we had started in 1878, when a protective tariff was established. Only slight changes have been made to it by the Liberal narty. What was the statement made by the ex-Minister of the Interior? Did he not state in this House that practically the tariff had not been changed and that consequently the fiscal question was no longer a party question? How then could the changes effected in the tariff policy have put a stop to the exodus of our fellow citizens to the United States? I leave to the Postmaster General the task of answering that question.
We should not blink at the facts. The Postmaster General stated (that in 1886 we had not a single emigration agent among our French speaking fellow-citizens in the eastern states. That is true. I am not aware, at any rate, that we had any at the time. Any one familiar with the management of public affairs knows what was our immigration policy in 1896. We spent barely $125,000 for immigration purposes.
Subtopic: RENE DUPONT.