clearly that, if independence has become a matter of necessity in religious matters, it is or will soon be a necessity in matters of less exalted though just as important order, politics.
Mr. Speaker, I had the honour of being called a nationalist, after my speech of last year in reference to the navy. Well,
I am a nationalist, though not in the narrow sense ascribed to that word even in connection with politics. I intend working in the interests of the whole Canadian people without distinction of nationality. It does not behove a good and loyal citizen, under circumstances as momentous as these, to stump one particular province, with the view of boosting certain exclusive views, of working on the prejudices of the people, and of appealing to their racial feelings. That is doing most dangerous work, which is of a nature to mislead the people and set up race against race. All good citizens must know that the intimate union of the various races inhabiting the country, the maintenance of the best of feelings between them, constitute one of the surest pledges of the greatness^ and prosperity in any nation. I may m'ntion boundaries diverse races live in harmony, in close union, and wherein such absurd and revolutionary teachings as we sometimes hear are never given expression to. Belgium especially should be mentioned; it presents to the world the remarkable, I was going to- say. unique case of a nation weak" in numbers, but strong, and great through constant and intelligent labour, through its vitality and the high order of intelligence of its leaders, who in all channels of human activity safely direct national energy.
Before letting the heart dictate what we are to do, we should let reason and intelligence have their say. We owe love and devotion to our fine province, but above all we should be loyal to our country, Canada. Let us meet our English-speaking fellow-citizens on every ground, and let us work hand in hand with them, in all things which duty dictates and circumstances require.
If there ever was a time when we who belong t-o the fine French race should show ourselves in our tfue light, that is generous and conscious of the duties incumbent on us as citizens of this country, it is just now. I am quite willing to be a nationalist, that is, to champion the rights, and privileges of our race at all times and in all places, if those rights are imperilled or denied; but I do not intend being narrow and mean in my views, and thereby detract from the dignity of the French name, especially under circumstances such as these. One of the most sacred of those duties is surely to defend efficiently the country which is dear to us, since the nation's
vitality and the state of our finances inspire us with sufficient confidence in our own resources. I may add that from an exclusively Canadian standpoint the providing of a war navy has become of absolute necessity if we wish to give some evidence of our aptness for a status of independence. At this stage of national. expansion and vigour which we have reached, provided with a merchant navy of great importance,
I might say one of the largest- in the world, and navigating all seas, we should take the means to protect that fleet. For, being a nation within the empire, a title which we are proud to claim, it is incumbent on us to take the responsibility and assume the burden of safeguarding the integrity and liberty of our trade, by having a sufficient number of warships.
I am of opinion that every Canadian who takes an interest in the welfare and future of his country, whatever his nationality may be, should support the government in the present juncture, and should endeavour to spread the idea that having reached maturity as a people, we should have a navy of battleships which will indirectly help the empire while defending Canada. It must be admitted that so long as we remain a British colony the most vital interest of our country as well as the most brilliant* prospect in days to come, will, as it were, be dependent on the success, the greatness and the glory of the British empire. But the day will come, and my most earnest desire is to see it reached when relying solely on bur own strength, our own energy and our own resources-, we will be at liberty, like the sister nations of free America, to proudly fulfil our destiny under the flag of independence.
The deputy leader of the Conservative party, who has undertaken the burdensome task of taking liis friends out of the cold shades of the oposition in to the Eldorado of power, has endeavoured to throw as much discredit as he possibly could on the province of Quebec, through insinuations, reservations, false and malignant imputations. In long and impetuous sentences, wherein sarcasm and irony oftentimes were substitutes for weighty reasons; he made a mighty endeavour to minimize the effect of the speech of the right hon. the Prime Minister, and palliate the prestige of his opinion and his name. He even tried to represent as a traitor to the British Crown the leader of this House, whose name is uttered with respect and admiration throughout the whole world, and whose talents, I might say, whose genius has impressed the most eminent men of Europe with it-s power of conception and its soundness of judgment.
The great warhorse of our friends on the other side is loyalty, and one after the other these gentlemen get on their feet, and more or less openly charge the Canadians