This private member's bill with its negative purpose, put forward by the hon. member for Vaudreuil (Mr. Herbert), reminds me that this is a day and age in which being erratic is as common as anything. The hon. member is acting in a manner which is consistent only with the erratic legislative records of the Trudeau government. The Liberals pretend to espouse and talk of unity, but out of their perfidy comes a bill like the bill before us, described as an act respecting national unity. I would draw attention to the word "respecting". I realize time is limited, but I thought I might sum up my feelings by quoting the words of a respected man who died many years ago, a man who adopted Canada as his country. I speak of that great Scottish-Canadian poet, Robert Reid.
Many members may recall this poem from their school days, and I am glad to place some of it upon our record because it best describes the love we should bear for our country, its sublime beauty, principles, and origins. Written in 1910, the poem begins as follows:
Sing me a song of the great Dominion!
Soul-felt words for a patriot's ear!
Ring out boldly the well-turned measure,
Voicing your notes that the world may hear;
Here is no starveling-Heaven forsaken-
Shrinking aside where the Nations throng;
Proud as the proudest moves she among them-
Worthy is she of a noble song!
There are a number of stanzas but I have time only to quote the first lines. The second verse begins, "Sing me the might of
the giant mountains;" the third with, "Sing me the calm of her tranquil forests." In short, Canada, a dominion it is-a dominion let it remain.
Topic: PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic: HOLIDAYS ACT