February 11, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)


In any observations I make on these questions I shall be governed very largely by the attitude of hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House, and I want them to understand that if there is going to be a fight and recriminations on these questions it will not be a one-sided fight. As far as the Pacific is concerned, I suppose that if the British Navy were increased by a number of useful and serviceable ships there would be a better opportunity to have the Pacific coast or any other part of His Majesty's defences adequately defended by naval force. That is what I would say in reply to my hon. friend from Red Deer. As far as the whole matter is concerned, the debate has been brought on unnecessarily and with provocation by my hon. friend the member for St. John.

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