Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
Mr. Speaker, the hand of late has certainly been very heavy against us for the last few months: this is the third disaster which
has happened in the St. Lawrence since navigation has opened, and this one surpasses in horror anything that has occurred for many years-, certainly since the fatal calamity of the Titanic. The disaster which we have to deplore to-day approaches, in the loss of human life, the horrible proportions of the Titanic disaster. It is, of course, premature to-day to express any opinion, but it is very difficult to believe that such an accident, taking place in our own waters of the St. Lawrence, and so near the last station that we have, at Father Point, should not have been preventable. I do not pass any judgment upon this point at the present time, and I hope it will turn out, as hinted and hoped by my right hon. friend (Mr. Borden), to be one of those which could not have been prevented by any human agency. Our sympathies will go to the relatives and friends of those who have been lost, and possibly later on our sympathy may take a substantial form. In the meantime, I join my own voice to the voice of my right hon. friend the Prime Minister of Canada in extending to the victims and their families
all that we can offer to -them under the circumstances-our most sincere and deepest sympathy.