Mr. JAB EL ROBINSON.
Mr. Chairman, there is nothing that would tend so much to the peace of the world as to have it known that the British empire and colonies stood ready at any moment to defend themselves. I am satisfied that if the powers of Europe knew that not only Canada, but Australia, South Africa, and all the British colonies were bound together, not by a rope of sand, but by a strong and firm determination to defend every part of the empire they would hesitate long before they would make war against the British empire. Therefore, I think this clause should be framed in such a way that we could at any time as occasion demanded, say that our men should go to the defence of the empire. I hope a provision will ba inserted in the Bill under which we will he able at any time, -without calling parliament together in case our safety is placed in jeopardy, in case a nation makes war against us to send our militia to the defence. We do not know how soon such an occasion may arise. Suppose a foreign fleet were to come up the St. Lawrence, and we do not know how soon that may happen because Great Britain is continually in trouble, would we Canadians sit quietly here waiting until parliament met ? On the contrary would we not go against the enemy determined to defend our shores ? I think so and I think we should be able to send our troops outside of Canada if need be. I think we should have the- power to send them wherever it was necessary to defend the British empire.
Topic: THE MILITIA ACT.