November 30, 1910 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS.

Who blocked the whole scheme but the representative of Canada, who, in 1902 stated that the government would consider the creation of a naval force, and who five years afterwards said: we will do nothing, we will give you no money, we will construct no naval force, we will not render you any service of any character that will tend to strengthen the British navy. And why did he take this course? Sir, we have got the answer in the character of the campaign waged on behalf of the government in Drummond-Arthabaska; we have got it in the statements made by Liberal campaigners to the effect: we do not desire to do anything for the British navy; what we desire to do is to strengthen the Canadian navy as a step in the direction of independence. I was surprised the other night to hear the Minister of Customs, in dealing with the resolutions passed by the House on this subject, omit a very important amendment that was suggested, as I understand, by the leader of the opposition, and which would make it quite possible in accordance with these resolutions for us to give a contribution. For my own part, and I in this respect speak for myself, I see no difference between our situation to-day, and our situation two years ago. Talk about an emergency. We have gentlemen in this House getting up one after another and declaring in the presence of heaven that if there was imminent danger to England they would rush to her succour at once. Why, Mr. Speaker, what good would their rushing to the succour of England do, unless they are prepared in advance. Suppose a foreign country

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