January 25, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)

UFOL

Agnes Campbell Macphail

United Farmers of Ontario-Labour

Miss MACPHAIL:

Surely the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) does not think I am quite so innocent. He cannot fool me so easily.
I come now to the last part of this resolution :
That the Canadian government should make every effort to discover and remove the causes of international friction and social injustice.
There is no way in which we can help to bring about the ideal expressed in the last part of the resolution better than by removing social injustice in Canada. If in this country we could create an ideal state which would furnish opportunities for all, we would make in that way the greatest contribution to world peace that could be made by us. To-night the Prime Minister made reference to troubles without and within nations. So far as I know, any trouble within Canada, or within most other nations, is trouble related to social injustice, trouble in connection with some having too much and others having too little. Inasmuch as Canada, together with all other nations, seeks to extend opportunities to all, peace will be strengthened.
I think now, even as early as this, we ought to say very plainly to Great Britain that Canada is not in the same frame of mind as she was in 1914; that Canada is unlikely to plunge into a European war without very careful thought, and if everyone thought as I do she would not plunge in at all. Of course it is impossible for anyone to say what the people of Canada will think once the propaganda gets going. I have seen people swayed almost overnight from a very sound position through propaganda, and one cannot say what might happen again. But I believe parliament, through its various groups, ought to express an opinion on this matter, in order that people not only in Canada but also in other parts of the British commonwealth will know something of the different schools of thought in this country.

Topic:   FOREIGN POLICY
Subtopic:   PROPOSED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES TO APPLY IN RESPECT OF WAR, THE CAUSES OF WAR, AND WAR MUNITIONS OR MATERIALS
Full View