May 13, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)


I have had many conversations with Captain Bernier, and have learned from them that he is a man of very considerable experience, that he comes* from a seafaring stock, that he has been a seafaring man all his life, and that he has thoroughly studied the experiences of Nansen and others who have engaged in arctic explorations ; and every Canadian would be proud if, under the auspices of this government, a Canadian could do what no one
has yet been able to accomplish, namely, fix the location of the north pole. I have no doubt that physically and in every other way Captain Bernier is eminently well qualified to take command of such an expedition, and would do as much as any man ever did to accomplish the result aimed at. Speaking for myself and many other members on this side, we would have much pleasure in supporting a vote to fit out a vessel to enable Captain Bernier to enter on that perilous undertaking.

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