Mr. ROBERT HOLMES.
If the plan of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Sifton) can be carried out, the hon. gentleman will confer a great benefit upon the farmers of Ontario. I can endorse heartily what has been said by the hon. member for West Elgin, that there is a demand in Ontario for at least 50,000 immigrants. I have had a good many applications made to myself personally and by letter and have generally had to turn them over to the department in Toronto. In my own constituency farmers are not able to get anything like the help they require. If I understood the Minister of the Interior aright he said that any number of men could be brought to a central point in Ontario. For two years, I have been trying to secure men for places in the county of Huron and I have not been able to get more than half a dozen. There is such a great demand for labour, the farmers are so anxious to get them, that, notwithstanding any difficulty they might experience with the lack of knowledge on the part of these men of our language, they would almost be glad to take even Italians or Chinamen, if they could not do better, and could get them to do the work.
Topic: DESTITUTE IMMIGRANTS.