March 29, 1927 (16th Parliament, 1st Session)

IND

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Independent

Mr. BOURASSA:

I do not think the hon. gentleman wants me to repeat my words. He will see them in Hansard to-morrow. Let me once more tell him what I said. Canada has never been, because of its own policy or because of its situation, the cause of any war engaged in by Great Britain or any other portions of the empire. That is my assertion and if the hon. gentleman is not satisfied, if he considers it the utterance of a French Canadian nationalist and rebel, let him refer to the numerous declarations of that past respected leader of the Conservative party, Sir Charles Tupper, in this regard. I myself
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heard Sir Charles Tupper, in the old House which was destroyed by fire, make the statement that, after his experience as leader of the government and as Canada's representative in Great Britain, he had1 come to the conclusion that for no consideration whatever would England run the risk of war with the United States on account of Canada. Furthermore, when the agitation began to make itself felt for contributions on the part of the dominions to imperial armaments, when the argument was advanced, that we should not shirk our responsibilities having regard to the protection we enjoy from the British fleet and the fact that Great Britain had fought to protect our territory, Sir Charles Tupper met this argument, not once or twice but ten times in speeches and in letters to the English press, which I could quote if time allowed.

Topic:   IMPERIAL CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON STATEMENT OP PRIME MINISTER AND AMENDMENT OF MR. GUTHRIE
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