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


George Henry Barnard

Conservative (1867-1942)


Saturday, the first of
August. On Monday Mr. Burrell had to leave for the East. Monday was the third and war was declared on the night of the fourth. Ottawa was communicated with and did not reply very promptly. The naval yard had information that war would probably be declared at any moment. The consequence was that delay was dangerous. Had, of course, Sir Richard McBride or the Dominion Government followed the policy of our friends opposite, the policy which is so enthusiastically supported by the hon. member for St. John (Mr. Pugs-ley) when he delayed for eighteen months in letting his contract after he had all his tenders-

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