From time immemorial agents have been working amongst the French Canadians who migrated from Canada, principally from the province of
Quebec, many years ago, to work in the mills of the New England states.
Their children have been growing up, and it has been the desire to secure our fair share of immigrants from the United States, including the repatriation of Canadians who have gone to the New England States. Colonization agents have been employed for that purpose for many years past under this Government and under preceding governments. I understand there are three of those gentlemen working in the New England States, Rev. J. B. H. Giroux, whose headquarters are at Montreal and whose salary is $600 per annum; Rev. J. B. Bourassa, whose headquarters are at Montreal and whose salary is $1,200 per annum, and Rev. O. Corbeil, whose salary is $600. We have no. separate statistics as to the number of French Canadians brought into Canada from the United States. They are all classed as immigrants. Roughly speaking, however, I should say about fifteen per cent of those coming back to Canada from the New England States are repatriated Canadians. They are not classified-as French Canadians, English Canadians, etc,-they are all repatriated Canadians. The idea is that a propaganda should not be carried on in any one province to get a movement into another province. There were some complaints made to me on that score about two years ago against one particular colonization agent. He was at my office one day, and I told him about these complaints, explaining that the province of Quebec had objected to any propaganda tending to take their people away and locate them in the northern portion of Ontario, or any other province. I told him we were not spending money for that purpose. He said he had not been carrying out any policy of that character except in a few -instances where he knew the people were about to move away from Quebec to the United States, and rather than see them leave Canada entirely, he had done his best to get them to settle in other provinces of the Dominion.