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

CON

Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PAQUET. (Translation).

Yes, we find in the other countries the same progression in the expenditure.
Francs.
1899 649,496,036
1900 663,369,671
1909 798,327,606
Naval Expenditure in France.
Francs.
1899 303,600,510
1903 332,902,510
Naval Expenditure in the United States.
1900..
1909..

Let us glance at the yearly naval outlay m some European countries and in the United States:
Great Britain Germany.. .. United States,
France
Italy
Russia

moting agriculture, commerce and industry.
One duty is to develop the natural resources of this land of ours, an inheritance entrusted to our care by a kind Providence. This great task calls for our whole strength and for our energies. We should impede the growth of Canada by saddling our people with a ruinous war budget. Every year, the government asks parliament for a vote of one million dollars, in order to insure the efficaciousness of our immigration policy. Owing to the fertility of our lands, to the productive work of our intelligent and energetic people, to the superior qualities and the variety of our products, thanks also to the peace and privileges which we enjoy, we have succeeded in bringing about a very material change m the minds of .the European peoples and now we are yearly welcoming to our shores thousands of immigrants, formerly crushed down under the burden of militarism.
We invite a sound immigration from Europe and the United States, to assist us in the development of our country. At a moment when our fondest hopes are being realized, at a moment when the stream of immigration we are in need of is pouring into the country, is it fair, is it proper, without consulting these new settlers, to adopt a policy which might result in leading the flower of our youth into naval battles on all the seas of the world? Are we then, Canadians, to be used as targets on the waves of the North sea and upon the billows of the different oceans?
Is it not a fact that the largest portion of the revenues of those countries is swallowed up by extraordinary armaments? I do not wish to frighten and alarm the Canadian people with these statistics, but I know that similar causes will produce here similar effects. The people will wake up, when they feel on their shoulders the crushing weight of militarism with its heavy yoke of taxation.
Canada has not yet reached a sufficient stage of development to allow her to embark into such a ruinous venture. On the 15th of April, 1902, the right hon. the Prime Minister said:
The principal items in the budget of Canada are what? Public works, the development of the country, the construction of railways and harbours, the opening up of ways of transportation. This is the work to which we have to devote our energies, and I would look upon it as a crime to divert any part of that necessary expenditure to the supply of guns, cannons and military armaments generally.
In 1910, as in 1902, we should spend our energies, display our patriotism and our

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MAINTENANCE OF THE FLEET.
Full View