I would like to endorse the remarks of my hon. friend from Gaspe (Mr. Lemieux). I happen to be somewhat acquainted with the Magdalen Islands, having lived among the people a certain time, and taken a considerable interest in them, these islands have been inhabited since about 140 years, and at present the population is about 6,000. During four months of the year these people are cut off from communication with the mainland. There is a telegraph system connecting with the island, which is owned by the government, but the rates are very high, and it seems to me that it would be only reasonable for the government to allow the people to send their messages at much lower rates than are charged at present. The government has to keep a full staff in constant employment, and it would not add materially to the expense of operating the line if messages were transmitted at lower rates.