Mr. E. ROY.
That is what I wish to do. I desire to draw the attention of this House, and of the government to a decision that has been taken in regard to special rates on telegraphic messages. I find that the Great Northwestern Telegraph Company has issued a circular (No. 109) under date April 16, 1910, in which I find this provision:
The rates for night letters are the standard day rates for ten-word messages for the transmission of fifty words or less, plus one-fifth the initial charge for each additional ten words or less. To be entitled to this rate night letters must be written in plain English. Night letters written in any other language than English must not be accepted.
I wish to know from the government if this decision has been taken after conference with the government, because I have understood that some ministers had something to do with the decision that was arrived at. I want to say that this clause of the telegraph company will prevent over two million people of Canada from taking advantage of these night rates, in fact the whole province of Quebec where the French language is spoken. We have in that province some very large newspapers, like ' La Presse,' ' La Patrie,' ' 1'Action Sociale,' ' Le Devoir,' ' Le Soleil,' ' l'Evenement '-
Subtopic: THE GREAT NORTHWESTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.