I am bound as a governor of the Polytechnic school of Montreal, to say a few words in explanation of this vote. I see from this item there is a proviso reading: ' Provided that the railway companies contribute an equal amount.'
The school was first organized, on the 20th of November, 1873, when its curriculum was agreed to between the Minister of Public Instruction of the province of Quebec, Hon. Gedeon Ouimet-for the province of Quebec had such a luxury as a Minister of Public Instruction for a few months-under the Act 31 Vic., c. 10, 1868, repealed by the Act, 39 Vic., c. 15, 1875-and the Catholic School Commissioners of Montreal, for the establishment of a scientific and industrial school, called the ' Polytechnic School,' under the control of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
That arrangement was afterwards confirmed by the Act 40 Victoria, chap. 22, sections 44 to 51.
Year after year amending Acts have been passed, the school has been made a corporation; and finally affiliated with Laval university. _
The first professors who were appointed were Col. Emile Balete, who had been made a general on the battlefield, in 1870, a most learned scholar in mathematics, and a former graduate from the Polytechnic School of Paris, and Mr. C. A. Pfister, a French chemist of very great repute. General Balete left for America because he would not submit to a reduction of rank.
Both have lately died after giving the school 35 years of their life for its final success. Over 350 graduates from this school have made for themselves and for the country very good reputations. To-day, the teaching staff of the school is composed of very brilliant scientists under the remarkably able directorship of Mr. A. Fyen, who succeeded Mr. Balhte.
The personnel includes now such men as Dr. Duval, Mr. A. Andre, Mr. Charles E. Leluau, a brother of the Chief Engineer of the Ghemin de fer du Nord of France, Belgium and Germany; Mr. Poivert, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Paris, Mr. Emile Dulieux, a graduate from the Ecole des Mines of Paris, Mr. Flahault, a graduate from the University of Lille, Mr. F. C. Laberge, Mr. Haynes, Mr. Queva, Mr. Manseau, Mr. Beaupre, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Frigon, Mr. McConville, Mr. Busquet, E. Dyounet, A. Beaulne, Raoul Lacroix, E. Desaulniers, A. Beaugrand-Champagne.
To the course of civil engineering, which was for over 30 years exclusively taught, those of mining enginering, of chemical engineering, of electrical engineering and of architecture have been lately added. About $500,000 have been expended in constructing new school buildings and laboratories and in equipping both. One finds to-day in the Polytechnic School 240 students, studying those five branches of engineering. But the Board of Governors have some other little ambition of their own. They wish to extend, enlarge and complete the courses of study on railway construction and railway management both technically and financially.
New buildings must be put up, new professors must be engaged, more money must be expended, to reach that goal. Hence, the move started about five years ago by the governors to secure the necessary funds.
The princely gifts made to the school by Senator Villeneuve, Mrs. Beaudry-Lehmann and Mr. J. E. Vanier, the first graduate ol the school, as well as the continuous protection of that good and public spirited citizen, Mr. Treffle Bastien, have proved insufficient to crystalize the plan of the school for the extension of its teaching of the Arts and Science of Railway construction and management.
For the second time in this House this session, I feel bound to recall the fact that Sir Lomer Gouin has done marvellous things for the school. To-day it is receiving a subsidy of $20,000 from the Provincial Exchequer; for it is Sir Lomer's plan to make the Polytechnic School of Montreal the best equipped of the now well-established special school system, composed of two technical schools, one higher commercial school, one forestry school, one agricultural school, one veter-
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