March 3, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)


cording to our population, our wealth and our commerce, but from the risks we shall incur. That navy which you are going to build, those fighting ships which you propose to construct will demand life, strength and power. Before the general elections are on, the government will perhaps crown their present policy, by having Dreadnoughts built.
Open our public accounts under the heading of our Canadian militia, and you will find that that expenditure has gone on increasing by leaps and bounds, since 1890.
In 1890, our expenditure on militia was, $1,287,000; in 1896, $2,136.54; in 1909, $6,115,150.
The government is asking for a vote of $6,898,000 for the fiscal year 1910-1911. Let us speak honestly: our naval expenditure will increase in the same ratio and with the same rapidity.
Let us hearken to the words of Sir William White, who was for a long time director of the shipyards of the British government:
There is no find stand in the designing of new models of warships, and as the Dreadnought type has not received the approval of a great number of experts, it may safely be said that this class of ships will not long remain in vogue and will not be in use so long as claimed by its advocates.
Will not our history be a repetition of the history of those people thrown into the vortex of militarism formerly denounced by the right hon.. Prime Minister? When our fleet is built, we shall inevitably be carried away and led into naval ventures. We shall have to increase our public debt which will soon reach $500,000,000, and do without public works and improvements of great urgency in the interest of the progress of agriculture and industry. Let us listen to the words fallen from the lips of one of the most distinguished members on the government side. Let us impress on our minds the words uttered on March 29, 1900, by the hon. member for the Yukon:
But'if we start at present into any vast naval or military outlay, we shall so impede our growth that in the course of a very short time we shall be of much less assistance to the empire than if we permitted our country to advance and prosper as she is doing now.
Let us cast a glance at the ascensional progression of the military and naval outlay of some nations. After the wars of the French revolution and of the empire, the cost of the British army was 220,000,000 francs. The following statistics give us a slight insight into the future in store for us:
Outlay of England for her militia
in 1828 220,000,000
Outlay of England for her militia
in 1870 540,000,000
Naval outlay of England in 1828.. 150,000,000Naval outlay of England in 1870.. 240,000,000
During the last decade, the yearly outlay [DOT]of England for her navy was 820,000,000 francs.
loyalty in creating and improving our means of transportation, in building the Georgian Bay canal, in developing and pro-

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