February 5, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Well, are we for ever to remain in ignorance of the terms of this treaty ? Is that the result ? It seems to me an undesirable and unfortunate result, and one which should not necessarily follow from observing diplomatic usage; because in the four instances which were adduced by Mr. Todd up to 1887, the number of which might be increased no doubt by further research, we find several treaties communicated to parliament before ratification, and we have not observed that any detriment to the public interest has resulted from pursuing that course. Under the circumstances I conceived it to be my duty to make my views known to parliament and to the country, as I had introduced the matter in the first instance.

Topic:   SUPPLY-CANADIAN RAILWAYS.
Subtopic:   THE INTERNATIONAL WATERWAYS TREATY.
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