I am glad that my hon. friend has put that question straight to me. I read that statement this morning in ' L'Evenement ' of Quebec. I never moved that resolution, and ' L'Evenement' does not say that I moved it. Once in my life I did speak on that question. That was, I think, in 1893. I am surprised that that fact was not mentioned during this debate. In 1893, there was in Montreal a gentleman who was connected with the construction of the Monument National, where the meetings of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, the national society of French Canadians, take place every week. In order to obtain the necessary funds to build that monument he organized a large meeting at Sohmer park, Montreal. There was to be an academic debate on the four following questions: Annexation to the United
States, the statu quo, imperial federation and the independence of Canada. I was then a young, budding lawyer, and I was asked by the organizers of the meeting to take part in the debate. I was assigned the role of advocate of the independence of Canada, which I accepted.