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


John Gillanders Turriff



Mr. Speaker, the suflject that I wish to. deal with now for a snort

time is the deliberate attempt that is being made in the Conservative press throughout Canada to connect the Nationalist party and Messrs. Bourassa and Lavergne with my right hon. friend the leader of the Opposition, and I challenge the Government to bring forward one iota of proof of any occasion before or since the war began that my honoured leader, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, has ever been guilty of favouring any of the policies advocated by Mr. Bourassa and the Nationalists who are to day members of this Government. I defy my 'hon. friends on the Government benches to point out a single instance in which a charge of that kind can be truthfully made. In spite of that fact the Conservative press., throughout Ontario particularly and in some parts of the West, is trying to connect Sir Wilfrid Laurier with the Nationalist party- In order to make my remarks clear, as a large part of them will consist of extracts and editorials from the Nationalist 'and Conservative press, I am going to read1 those extracts and also what I have to say on the matter. Hon. members will remember that the alliance between the Nationalists and the Conservative party started over the naval policy of the Liberal Government, and that in the year 1909 the House of Commons, Conservatives and Liberals alike, agreed on a policy to build a Canadian navy, building the ships in Canada and manning them by Canadians. In the year 1910, the Liberal Government came forward with, a naval policy, and let me remark here that the present Government is to-day advertising for men to man light cruisers. What for? To send over to Britain? No, to defend the Canadian coast. The advertisement is to-day appearing in the Canadian papers, and I 'have a copy of it on my desk. In 1910, however, there was a change, and gentlemen on the other side of the House had adopted a new policy, and in so doing they were brought into alliance with their particular friends, Messrs. Bourassa and Lavergne.
Mr- BURNHAM: They are your friends, then?

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