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

CON

Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PAQUET.

(Translation.) Great Britain had adopted in regard to Canada a policy that was wise and in harmony with our aspirations. If the colonies are to take a hand in the wars of the empire, there may result some friction which may bring about the disruption of the colonial system. The enormous sums which will lie spent towards helping Great Britain will be a heavy burden on the shoulders of the Canadian people. Those who to-day proclaim themselves friendly to Great Britain may prove to be very short-sighted in their love for her. For a goodly number of distinguished people, the real fatherland is not the land wherein we live and toil, but rather on the other side of the Atlantic! The aim is to develop an imperial feeling, instead of developing in our loving and patriotic hearts a national, a truly Canadian feeling. I am unable to agree with them in that respect. They fondly love England, I respect the British flag, but I fondly love my country. We French Canadians who were ceded "to England 150 years ago, we have Canada as our country, our home. We wish to see it live, to see it prosper, to see it grow, and with a view to reaching that happy destinv, we are intent on accomplishing deeds of life, and not deeds of death.
M. LACHANCE (Quebec Centre) moved the adjournment of the debate.
Mr. FIELDING moved the adjournment of the House.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MAINTENANCE OF THE FLEET.
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