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

LIB

Gustave Adolphe Turcotte

Liberal

Mr. TCRCOTTE.

tiong do not follow the suggestions of the admiralty, contains an unwarrantable error in point of fact on tihe part of a jurisconsult like the hon. gentleman. And he continues :
The proposals of the government do not follow the suggestions and recommendations of the admiralty, and so far as they empower the government to withhold the naval forces of Canada from those of the empire, in time of war are ill-advised and dangerous.
I have to say right here that this is a false statement of facts, the more so as the proposition made by the government tallies with what I read at page 38 of the report of the proceedings of the imperial conferences.
Let us read the statement made in the sub-report of the conference on lmncary defence: -
The representatives of the self-governing Dominions at the Imperial Defence Conference having signified their general concurrence in the proposition-' That each part of the empire is willing to make its preparations on such lines as will enable it, should it so desire, to take its share in the general defence of the empire.'
It is expressly said, granted and agreed to by all the interested parties, by the representatives of the various sister nations that_ participation in the wars of the empire is to take place only in so far as each party should so desire. Therefore, the participation of each colony and particularly that of Canada, will be determined and defined by the competent authorities, by parliament, prior to such participation.
In view of those facts, how can the leader of the opposition assert that this Bill empowers the government to withhold the naval forces of Canada from those of the empire in time of war.
The third paragraph of the amendment moved by the leader of the opposition reads as follows:
That no such proposals can safely be accepted, unless they thoroughly ensure unity of organization and of action, without which there can be no effective co-operation in any common scheme of empire defence.
Well, I think that the resolution of the 29th of March last fully answers that objection when it states that parliament cordially approves of any expenditure designed to promote the speedy organization of a Canadian naval service in co-operation with the imperial navy, whenever the need arises.
Paragraph 4 reads:
That the said proposals, while necessitating heavy outlay for construction and maintenance, will give no immediate or effective aid to the empire and no adequate or satisfactory results to Canada.

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