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


Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)


(Translation.) Are the hon. gentlemen who seem to be surprised at Mr. Monk's attitude and at the position taken by myself ignorant of the fundamental principles of the memorable pact concluded in 1854 between the Quebec Liberals and the Conservatives of Ontario. Are they not aware that the essence of the principles professed by the Liberal-Conservative party were the following: Equal rights and mutual respect of the different ethnical elements, equality of representation, due Tegard for the rights of the minorities and Canadian autonomy? They know very well that those great principles courageously vindicated against the fanaticism of George Brown, Cartier, Macdonald, Angers, Bowell and Sir Charles Tupper fearlessly stool up for the rights of minorities.
In 1905, the Dominion parliament drew up the charter of the privileges and of the new provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. To my mind, the leader of the Liberal party and the leader of the Conservative party did not truly stand up for the rights of the minorities. I did remain true to Canadian traditions and to Conservative traditions, in lending my humble co-operation to the hon. member for Jacques Cartier, when he stood up in this House and asked that such privileges as were claimed with respect to education and the use of the French language should be secured to the minority. The leaders of the Liberal-Conservative party, in coalition with George Brown safeguarded provincial self-government and Canadian autonomy in the British North America Act. To-day, as in 1905, I believe I am true to our best Canadian and Conservative traditions, in declaring that Canada, in the name of the principles of autonomy, should not introduce a new authority in out military and naval policy. In asking for an appeal to the people, and in declaring that our young people should not prticipate in the world policy of the empire and that Canada should organize its own defence, my hon.

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