March 12, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, the passage of the lease-lend bill by the congress of the United States and its approval by the great president of that republic constitute an event of great magnitude and importance at this juncture of world affairs. To Britain as the head of our beleaguered empire, and to Canada and the other dominions which stand at her side as belligerents, it may -well be, as indeed I think it will be, a turning point in this war distracted world. In any event its importance cannot be overestimated.
We in Canada as good neighbours of the United States, along with our kinsfolk in Britain, should raise our voices in grateful acknowledgment of the effort of the president and his administration in pursuing the policy now adopted. In the days to come, with the abundant assistance which will be forthcoming, we and generations yet unborn will raise our voices and call their names blessed.

Topic:   II, 1941
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