January 26, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

He does practically admit it, from what I have read. Knowing the deep and active interest that the people whom I have the honour to represent have taken in the prosecution of this war, as shown by their self-sacrificing efforts and the utterances of their several organizations and institutions, I have felt it my duty to bring before this House the charges made by the ex-Minister of Militia that there has been bungling by the Government in matters connected with the war, and to demand in their behalf some explanation.
In conclusion, Sir, may I hope that the Government, notwithstanding their many and almost criminal failures in the past, will amend their course for the time they still have the control of Canada's part in the terrible conflict-be it long or short; that they will awake from their lethargy' tear asunder the party shackles that have-

bound them hand and foot to the manufacturing and other monopolistic interests of this country, and sever the ties of that unholy alliance they have made with the Nationalists in their thirst for power, the most dangerous element that has ever been introduced into the political life of Canada, and that, before it is yet too late, they will show to the world at large, show to Canada, show to the thousands of our heroic sons who have gone to the front to do and die in the cause of liberty and civilization and for the memory of those gallant sons who have fought, bled arid died that the flag we love shall still wave; show to the mourning fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, wives and children, who are left, that the Government of Canada, the public men of Canada, are able to rise above small party politics, and thus place our fair Dominion above and beyond further reproach, that she may maintain her position as the greatest of the overseas colonies of the British Empire.

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