I should indeed he happy if I knew the sentiments of the right hon. gentleman, but the difficulty I hare in knowing what his sentiments are is that they differ so widely on different occasions. At times we find him making most eloquent statements in regard to recruiting and Canada's participation in this war, and at other times in his career the right hon. gentleman has used different language, which I am sorry to say he has never seen fit to retract, and he used such language, not as an irresponsible youth, but as leader
of a great party in this House and country. These are the things which leave me in doubt as to what the real sentiments of the right hon. gentlemen are. .
Mr. Cannon in his remarks at meetings in Quebec also referred to the Hon. Dr. Sproule, a former Speaker of this House, as the master of Orange lodges and the bitter enemy of the French-Canadian race. I want to say that a statement of that kind is unworthy of Mr. Cannon, and I say that any person who knows the Hon. Dr. Sproule would not believe for one moment a statement of that kind against him. This precious Liberal candidate in Dorchester appealed to the people of his constituency to condemn hie opponent, Mr. Sevigny, and he included in that condemnation Mr. Rain-ville, also a member of this House. And why? Because they had stood up in this House and sang " Rule Britannia." Mr. Cannon also appealed to his constituente to condemn this Government and defeat Mr. Sevigny, because the Government made them put an extra stamp on their letters and pay a war tax on a bottle of medicine. Notwithstanding the repudiation by Mr. Cannon of the statements he is reported to have made, one has only to follow the reports of the different meetings he held throughout the riding to be convinced of his attitude, and his attitude was not that which should be expected of a man seeking a seat in this House. It was not one person alone who reported Mr. Cannon to have made the statement about, " Are we to ruin ourselves for England?" There were several reporters there, and his words were carefully taken down, and reported from one end of the country to the other.
One thing however does stand out and it is this: I think in a time of war like this, when such statements were alleged to haro been made by a Liberal candidate in the field, with the endorsation of the right hon. gentleman who leads the Opposition, and when those statements were reported in the papers from one end of the country to the other, it would have been in the best interests of Canada and the cause we have at heart, if the right hon. gentleman had taken the trouble to stand up in this House the moment those sentiments were reported, and say that those sentiments were not his sentiments. What a pitiable, contemptible position Mr. Cannon, the Liberal candidate in Dorchester with the endorsation of the right hon. gentleman, places himself in when at a time like this he appeals to the people to condemn the Government, be-
cause, forsooth, the people have to put an extra stamp on a letter or pay an extra cent as war tax on a bottle of medicine. The pitiable thing is that this gentleman, well educated as he is,'and of a very good family, having every advantage, and possessing, one would naturally suppose, more than ordinary ability-the pitiable part of it is that in seeking a seat in this House he apparently lost sight of the big things and descended to the small and petty. He asks, " Are we to min Canada for the sake of England?" " No," he says, " I have no hesitation in saying no to that." Ruin Canada for the sake of England! For England! England, which at the outbreak of war sent across the Channel every man she had-a little army of 150,000 British regulars, every man of them a hero. That little army stoppea the German hordes, blocking the way to Calais at a point almost within sight of England. And Calais is in France. That little army, nearly every man of whom lies buried in France, should not have been supported by Canadian arms, according to Mr. Cannon, when he was making his racial appeal in the county of Dorchester. Ruin ourselves for England? England has poured out her money to all the countries engaged on our side in this war to the point almost of bankruptcy, and has thrown into the struggle every available man for the defence of France. Ruin ourselves for England? No, says Mr. Cannon, no.
There is only one kind of bankruptcy or ruin that we have to fear in Canada, and it is not represented by dollars, but it is represented by discredit and dishonour. We need not be afraid of spending money, of spending the extra cent on a letter or on a bottle of medicine, though these taxes were represented as burdens by Mr. Cannon whose candidature was endorsed by the leader of the Opposition. The bankruptcy we have, to fear in this country is the bankruptcy of high ideals-ideals which do not seem to be possessed by the Liberal candidate in the county of Dorchester.