§ MR. HOGAN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the island of Anticosti, occupying an important strategical position at the gateway of Canada, has passed entirely into the possession of a foreign gentleman, who has engaged in an eviction campaign against the previous occupiers; whether there is any Government Resident or duly appointed representative of the authority of the Dominion on the spot; and whether he can state the substance of the most recent report he has received as to the condition of affairs on the island.
THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (for Mr. CHAMBERLAIN)
The island of Anticosti, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, was purchased by a Frenchman, M. Monier, in 1895, from the liquidator of the late Anticosti Company. I have no official information as to the alleged proceedings to evict previous inhabitants. The island forms part of the Province of Quebec, and there is no Agent of the Dominion Government upon it. A report on the state of affairs in the island was asked for from the Governor-General last year, but has not yet been received.