I have a question to ask the minister and a bit of advice to offer him, if he will kindly listen to me. The Public Archives Department publishes each year a most interesting report, but in addition it publishes from time to time special reports which should be better known to the public. I refer particularly to the work entitled Constitutional Documents whose authors are Messrs. Short and Doughty. These volumes have been published three times. The first English edition was brought out in 1907, with a French translation in 1911; the second English edition was published in 1914, with a French translation in 1915, and the third1 and last edition was printed in English in 1918 and in French in 1921. I have tried to obtain copies for every school in my constituency, but I was told that the quantity available did not permit of a public distribution. I managed, however, to get three copies of the series-one English and two French. I placed them in three of the principal schools of my constituency.
It is my opinion that this work should be reprinted with a view to being placed in the hands of all educators and of all citizens who take an interest in Canadian history. I do not expect the minister to promise this very evening to have these volumes reprinted immediately, but I ask him to give favourable consideration to my request in order that, copies may be obtained next year.
There are so many public hospitals in the county of Jacques Cartier that I consider myself in duty bound to speak on this bill sponsored by the hon. member for Laurier which would permit the holding of sweepstakes under provincial regulations and supervision for the benefit of hospitals and legally constituted universities. No doubt hon. members will be interested to have a list of the hospitals which are in my county. In Lachine we have l'Hopital St. Joseph and the Lachine General Hospital. In Cartierville we have 1'Hopital du Sacre Coeur, better known throughout America as the Hospital for Incurables. At Cote de Neiges we have l'Asile Nazareth, St. Mary's and the Jewish hospital. At St. Laurent there is l'hopital de Notre Dame de l'Esperance.
It is well known that hospitals are having a hard time financially. In all the cities in Canada annual campaigns have to be held to support the hospitals. In many cases that is not sufficient, and provinces and cities have to guarantee their bonds, and not only the bonds but often the interest coupons as well. Therefore there is no doubt about hospitals being in need of financial support. Fortunately there is a large number of anonymous benefactors who help such institutions. Some generous people help them regularly, others at various times or upon special occasions. Some benefactors adopt a certain institution, sometimes because of religious reasons, sometimes because a hospital specializes in the treatment of diseases in which they take an interest. Hospitals devoted to the care of children seem to have a peculiarly strong attraction for good-hearted people, and derive great benefit from their interest. Leading" citizens of both sexes serve on the boards of administration of hospitals and charitable institutions of all kinds. Their services are, of course, given freely; they render them as a duty and often as a hobby as well. They are glad to help their fellow citizens to that extent. This is practical Christianity of a kind of which we are greatly in need. Leading business and professional men deem it an
Topic: CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO PERMIT SWEEPSTAKES ORGANIZED BY PROVINCES FOR BENEFIT OF UNIVERSITIES OR HOSPITALS