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January 10, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(2):130-131. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660280056026

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Problem of Population of British Empire  In a letter to the Times, the bishop of Gloucester draws attention to the declining birth rate of the English stock, which, unless in some way corrected, must, he thinks, ultimately mean the failure of the empire. Once in eastern Canada there was a large English-speaking population in the province of Quebec, both rural and urban; now it has almost entirely disappeared and its place is taken by French-speaking Canadians, except in Montreal, an industrial center, where there is still an important minority of English and Scotch, a sort of financial aristocracy, and there are a considerable number of artisans, largely immigrants. The change is creeping westward into Ontario. In a few years there will hardly be an English village or community to the east of Ottawa. The reason for this change is quite simple. Whereas the French-Canadian is one of the most fertile

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