Mr. C. B. MAJOR (Labelle).
(Translation.) Mr. Speaker, before you leave the Chair, I desire to call, for a few moments, the attention of the House and the government on the grievances to which are subjected the settlers living on that part of the river Lievre, extending from a point five or six miles distant from the town of Buckingham, to the townships of Wabassi and Kiamika, which grievances have caused the abandonment of "the land in that part of the county of Labelle.
As is well known, extensive lumbering operations have always been carried on in the Ottawa river and its tributaries, which are the river Rouge, the river Blanche, the river Lievre and the Gatineau river.
Within a few miles of the town of Buckingham these people complain of having no means whatever of communication with the large centres of population, inasmuch as they have no railways and are left with only the water route which is controlled by a powerful company claiming to be the owner of the improvements made for the driving of logs. Moreover, this company controls the prices and which puts these people under its dependency and deprives them of the benefits accruing to people of other parts where communications are convenient. I may point out the mistake made by people who assert that the settler and farmer do not protect the forest. The proof lies in the fact that that part which has been cultivated and worked for more than 80 years has still a forest reserve amounting to at least 35 or 40 per cent of its land considered unfit for cultivation.
This shows plainly that these people have taken good care to preserve that which is of primary usefulness to the country even before anybody had thought of creating a
Subtopic: SETTLERS' GRIEVANCES IN LABELLE.