I have certainly a great deal of confidence in Cajitain Bernier's ability to sail those northern waters, or to sail waters in almost any part of the world.
I think it is a great pity that the government did not avail itself some years ago of the services of Captain Bernier ill exploring the northern regions of the continent of America. Even had they granted him the assistance which he came and pleaded for year after year, with a view to make that final effurt to discover the North Pole, and thus advertise Canada all over the world, I think the government could have spent $100,000 with a great deal of satisfaction in that direction. We are now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in surveying a portion of the coast of North America, which I think will bring very much less of interest to the people of this country than would have resulted from an expedition toward the Pole with a view of making that long coveted discovery. Now, here is $65,000 this year. If I mistake not, this expenditure already has gone up to the hundreds of thousands. As I said, I am not complaining about it. I think perhaps it may be money well spent, if it will be the means of preventing complications between ourselves and our neighbours to the south of us, who are also pushing out in that direction with a view to claiming something in these northern regions which we may not have laid our hands upon. I simply express my regret that the services of Captain Bernier were not obtained years ago, and that he was not placed at the head of an expedition that would once for all have settled the question of who was entitled to the sovereignty of those islands lying between the North Pole and the presently known continent of North America.
Subtopic: JIAY 23' 1905