If he asked parliament to vote millions, it was solely for the defence of Canada in Canada. During a by-election held in Lotbiniere, he himself stated the same thing. In Quebec last fall, while participating in the provincial election campaign, the right hon. Minister of Justice declared himself opposed to conscription as well as to the sending of an expeditionary force overseas. All this was merely for the purpose of obtaining votes, of capitalizing on the antiimperialist feeling he has fostered in that province, not a very difficult task since our soul, as I said a moment ago, is essentially Canadian and desires nothing else than to contribute to the progress of this country. A great deal of political capital was made out of this last March.
No one should mistake the real meaning of the vote given last March 26. During that campaign, every Liberal candidate stood against imperialism. The Liberal party's campaign rested on the issue of limited participation in the war. The government itself made the very same declarations and undertook the same commitments. They warned the people of Quebec against the Conservatives, claiming that a national government meant conscription. The right hon. Prime Minister himself stated over the air that the national government advocated by Dr. Manion was synonymous with conscription. Here again did they capitalize upon antiimperialist and anti-conscriptionist feeling.
It would appear much easier to be absolutely opposed to participation as well as antiimperialist and anti-conscriptionist when one is in the opposition in peace time than when one is in power and at war.
Where are to-day these men who claim to represent in this house the point of view and ideas of the province of Quebec? What have they to say these opponents of imperialism? What is their reaction while everyone here loudly demands conscription?
They stand behind the rampart
about which such a great deal was said in Quebec during the recent campaign-holding their breath in order not to be discovered.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY