My hon. friend
had his full share in the naval vote of $2,500,000, and all hon^gentlemen opposite also had their full share in it. I find no fault with them whatsoever for that. Canada under the Government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier decided to have a navy of its own. The Naval Service Act was passed in 1911, my hon. friend was a member of the Liberal party at that time, and the Government of the day decided that we would look after our own naval defence.
Let me say again that I found no fault with the policy then, and I find no fault with it now. The Naval Service Act meant this. The Government of the day
said to the Home Government, "Take away your ships and no longer look alter the dockyards at Halifax and Esquimalt. Canada will assume that responsibility." And that responsibility is on this Parliament to carry out the terms of the Naval Service Act, which my hon. friend had his full share in passing in 1911. The Niobe and the Rainbow were brought out from England with the approval of my hon. friend. Now he would have been perfectly satisfied had we continued with those two vessels. <