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

CON

Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PAQUET.

(Translation.) It is a doctrine advocated quite recently by the great imoerialist, Chamberlain. It is not grounded on the expression of feelings voiced by the most enlightened portion of the Canadian people. The sons of the loyalists in Ontario and in the western provinces, deeply attached as they are to the land of their forefathers, devoted to agricultural and industrial! progress, ever ready to defend the integrity of the territory, are anxious to form on this American continent, a great nation, and they do not aspire to play a part in the imperial wars. The principle embodied in this legislation, our participation in the wars of the empire, is the sad offspring of an imperialistic doctrine, and it does not offer a national ideal to the Canadian people, anxious as it is to develop freely identifying itself more and more with the native land and reserving to that land the loftiest manifestations of its devotion.

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