1 belong to no wing, I be long to the Liberal party which is united *i thinking and stating that the clause is permissive. It is not now a time for recrimination, nor to dig up our history to find causes of complaint against the mother country. ' Let the dead past bury its dead as Longfellow puts it, and let us draw inspiration from the needs of the present and the requirements of the future. It is for us to know if, as long as Canada remains,, is satisfied to remain part of the British empire, we should not feel interest in the maintenance of her power and prestige in the world.
As I said before, Great Britain's foreign policy is entirely pacific. Not only does she not seek quarrel for herself with any other nation, not even Germany, but all her diplomacy tends to preserve the peace of Europe, and it has been for this purpose that she has formed new alliances and friendships. And if I am asked for my reasons in believing in England's peaceful policy, I would say that apart from the anti-militarist ideas of the labouring classes to-day well represented in parliament, England has every interest in maintaining the statu quo, the disturbance of which must be of necessity detrimental to her. It is generally said that in Europe to-day there is only one power interested in a change, and that is Germany, which nation would not be adverse to an increase of her colonial possession and of her means of access to the sea. Hence it is that her ambitious and disturbing diplomacy meddles on all occasions with European affairs as was the case in Morocco and is a veritable menace to the peace of Europe. Great Britain, by her position, is the best qualified of all the powers to play the part of peacemaker, and her intervention in this way constantly expose her to attacks from countries less desirous than she is for peace. For my part, I have no belief in the German scare, at least for a time to come, for Germany, despite her projects for expansion, will never start a struggle until sure of success, as was the case of the Franco-Prussian war. But we may rely that the day of that struggle will be all the further away, according as England takes a more * determined stand