Mr. SAM. HUGHES.
I am highly gratified with the result of the debate. We have obtained an expression of opinion from the First Minister, and also from the member for Richelieu (Mr. Bruneau) and also from the leader of the opposition, I would like to compliment the hon. member (Mr. Bruneau) upon the very able speech he delivered, but 1 regret that my want of familiarity with the language in which he addressed the House has prevented me following his speech closely. However, I knew enough of it to know that the first to uphold colonial representation in the imperial parliament was a French Canadain. I learned among other important and new facts contained in that speech, that the time is not far distant when others of that race in Canada may be found advocating the same imperial policy.
Before the dinner hour the hon. member for Vancouver (Mr. Macpherson)-who is now conveniently absent from his place- rose to reply to my remarks and by his profession you would imagine he was a follower of the meek and lowly one, while from his practice you would think he was a representative of the nether regions, judging by the manner in which he plunged into your humble servant, because, as he said, X fiad charged members on that side of the Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
House with favouring independence and annexation. I hold in my hand ' Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Liberal party ' by Willison and on page 114 will be found an aiticle from the pen of the present Prime Minister, written long years ago I admit, and not at all in accord with his views of to-day. I will not now place it on ' Hansard. It I referred to the fact that gentlemen on that side of the House had favoured such views, it was only to show what power there is behind the old silken cord that binds Canada to the motherland, to win such a distinguished gentleman as the Prime Minister of Canada to the views which we are pleased to know he entertains to-day. I could show that the hon. the Postmaster General has also been won around, and that he is to-day among the first to wear the decoration of his sovereign. I have here also a magazine called the 'World's Vlork, ni
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of an hon. member of this House, a young gentleman who is personally one of the greatest favourities I have in the Dominion.
I shall not read that article. I do not find any fault with my hon. friend for writing it I am tolerant enough to let any man in this country hold whatever views he wishes.
I hold my own views and I am prepared to meet any man face to face and eye to eye in friendly- assertion of those views. I trust that" long before another half century rolls around we will find my young friend following in the footsteps of his worthy leader, to become one of the most ardent supporters of imperial federation. But, Sii, when the hon. member for Vancouver (Mr. Macpherson) charges me with intolerance, lie is not speaking by the eard. I presume that the parallels he drew were of subjects nearest his heart. I am not sufficiently at home in the society referred to, to know exactly the kind of professions of virtue to be found among the people to whom he referred ; I am willing to accept him as a competent authority on all such matters. 1 think the House will agree with me that from first to last I made no profession of my superior patriotism or my superior
loyalty. , ,
Therefore the hon. gentleman s remaiks fell very flat. I was also very much surprised to hear him stand up in this House and censure his leader. I presume that it was the right hon. the First Minister to whom he evidently referred when he spoke of shouldering rifles ; I was thunderstruck to hear the hon. member for Vancouver stand up and censure the right hon. gentleman for the remark he made about shouldering a musket in 1885 on the banks of the Saskatchewan over a paltry question of land surveys. I think the j-p.-ht hon. First Minister should take the hon. member for Vancouver to task. Times are going hard with the right hon. gentleman to-day, and I think the least the hon. member for Vancouver could have
nolle would have been to hold his tongue in solemn silence. on such an occasion. Another hon. gentleman has endeavoured to make an apology-I do not know where he is from-has told us how he has been for forty years practising medicine. Well, we all know what some of these worthy gentlemen are who go bumping around the country-they think they own it.