Mr. E. T. Applewhaite (Skeena):
Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian, as a Liberal, and as one who takes second place to no one in my loyalty to the British commonwealth, I strongly protest against the unjustifiable and unfounded claims being made that legislation of this type is in some way selling out Canada's interest in the commonwealth of nations. I would ask this house whether Canada, when it adopted its own Royal Canadian Navy, abandoned the British empire; whether Canada, when it adopted its own Royal Canadian Air Force, was abandoning the British empire; whether Canada, when it gradually learned to stand on its own feet, was abandoning the British empire. Or did we assist in maintaining the British empire and the British commonwealth of nations? I ask you, Mr. Speaker, if it is not a fact that because this country had learned to stand on its own feet and make its own decisions it has been able, during the recent war and since, by means of the Atlantic pact, to make a contribution not only to the British commonwealth but to the world at large of which Canada has no occasion to be ashamed. And I suggest that it is high time somebody expressed that view in this house.
With respect to this bill may I, as a new member who perhaps should not be raising his voice on this occasion at all, suggest that Canada had ample opportunity last June, and took advantage of that opportunity, to decide on the principle. I suggest also that this house has had ample opportunity during the past month, and particularly on the motion for second reading, to decide on the principle of the bill. I suggest that the house and the country have decided, that the bill has been considered clause by clause, and that both the house and the country would like us to finish this practically completed business and get on with the other business of parliament.
Topic: SUPREME COURT ACT
Subtopic: VARIOUS AMENDMENTS