February 17, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Hugh Havelock McLean



My attitude regarding the South African war was that observed by Sir John A. Macdonald m 1885, when he refused to the British authorities the right to enroll men in Canada for the British army in the Soudan.
Let hon. gentlemen of the opposition take that to their hearts and what do they think of it? What a howl they would nave made if that action had been taken by any man on the Liberal side! While they sat under it quietly and without a protest at that time, I am satisfied that the gentlemen who compose the opposition in this House to-day would not support a policy of that kind. Any member of the opposition who would declare such a policy to-day would be almost driven out of the party. I am sure that any man on the government side would be. But I will go on and read further what Mr. Bourassa said:
My attitude on that question was the same that Sir Charles Tapper took in 1893 when he said in Winnipeg that the idea of basing a closer union between Great Britain and her colonies upon the principle of unity in defence of the empire, was a false one, that Canada had done all she could do, all that she ought to be forced to do for imperial defence, when she fortified her own territory and developed hnr own resources by building railways in the North-west and giving communication to British troops between England and Asia.

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