March 7, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Samuel Hughes



She can not.
Mr. MeALLISTER. Very good. That's some more information I have got. As was stated by the Prime Minister, and as cannot be denied, when Britain is at war, Canada is at war. It follows as a sequence that parliament would give the necessary authority to pass the Canadian navy into the control of the imperial power should such a misfortune occur-and I must say that I do not see that there is any need of it.
Now, Mr. Speaker, in conclusion, I announce myself as supporting the policy of the government because I am convinced that it has the approval of the imperial authorities-that is the principal thing->
and also for the reason that the Bill under discussion is made with due regard to oui constitutional rights and privileges, which it is our first duty as representatives of the people to maintain and protect.
I have listened, as I said, with a great deal of care and attention to the speakers who have preceded me. I am going to read you a synopsis of what I think the most important speeches made during the debate. The hon. member for St. Anne (Mr Doherty) thought that the time for Canada to establish a navy was when she had a voice in imperial foreign affairs. The hon. member for Medicine Hat (Mr. McGrath) would make a contribution of ten millions to Britain spread over a few years -whatever that may mean. The hon. member for North Ontario (Mr. S. Sharpe) wanted a Canadian navy as outlined by the government increased to the extent of two Dreadnoughts, and this should be done without delay. The hon. member for East Lambton (Mr. Armstrong) would give two Dreadnoughts at once to Britain and submit the question of establishing a Canadian navy to the people. The hon. member for Huron announced that, in view of the policy of the government, he would support Mr. Borden's amendment, though he might not be in favour of it. The hon|. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk), the alleged leader of the 'Conservative party in Quebec, advocated no contribution of vessels, money or anything else. The hon. member for Souris (Mr. Schaffner) said he was in favour of one navy, an imperial navy, and Canada should contribute to it Mr. MeALLISTER.
but have no control over it. The hon. member for Victoria and Haliburton advocated doing a big thing. Entering into an obligation to provide half a dozen Dreadnoughts would, he said, meet with his approval. The hon. member for Huron would give to England, would pay the interest on a sufficient sum to enable that country to spend $50,000,000 in Dreadoughts, then there would be a navy to lend to Canada in case of emergency.

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