March 2, 1927 (16th Parliament, 1st Session)


Horatio Clarence Hocken

Conservative (1867-1942)


I say to my hon. friend,
these are the rights that the late Sir George Cartier solemnly agreed to. All the representatives of the French race at the time of confederation put their signature to this. It is the sum total of the rights of the French language 'in the Dominion of Canada. So it must be plain to any person who understands English that this is not a bilingual country. So far as I know there has never been a suggestion from any source that one tittle of these rights should be abrogated. The rest of Canada has loyally observed this section of the act. But the French language is used now in a hundred different places for which there is no constitutional warrant.

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