George Henry BARNARD

BARNARD, The Hon. George Henry, K.C.

Personal Data

Conservative (1867-1942)
Victoria City (British Columbia)
Birth Date
October 9, 1868
Deceased Date
January 13, 1954

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
  Victoria City (British Columbia)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
  Victoria City (British Columbia)

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February 3, 1909

1. Has any expenditure in connection with the naval -station -at Esquii-malt -been authorized by the government of Canada, or to the knowledge of the government of Canada, by the imperial -government ? If so, to what amount, and for what purpose?

2. How; -many guns were lef-t by the imperial authorities -at Esquimalt when the -imperial troops -were withdrawn from British Columbia?

3. Is the government -aware that one or more of said guns are said to have been left lying unprotected from the weather for months beside the public highway leading from Victoria -to Esquimalt?

4. W-ha-t -was the numerical strength of the 'mperial troops -at Esquimalt immediately before they were withdrawn?

5. What is the numerical strength of the permanent corps -at Esquimalt at the present time ?

6. What is the numerical strength of the permanent corps at: (a) Halifax, (b) Kingston. (e) Quebec, (d) Toronto, (e) Winnipeg, (f) London?

7. What force is considered by the Militia Department to be of adequate strength to maintain and man the fortifications at Esquimalt?

8. What was the cost, for the last fiscal year, .and upkeep of the permanent force at:

(a) Halifax, (b) Quebec, (c) Kingston, (d) To-'ronto, <(e) Winnipeg, (f) London?

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February 1, 1909

Mr. BARNARD asked:


1. Did the government nse its inflnence, as provided for in article 9 of the terms of union with British Columbia, in any way to secure the continued maintenance by the imperial government of the naval station at Esquimalt, either before, after, or at the time the said naval station was abandoned?

2. If the answer to the above question be in the affirmative, in what way was such influence used?

3. Has the naval station at Esquimalt been taken over by Canada.

4. Has any arrangement been made for the taking over of such station?

5. Has any expenditure in connection with the said naval station been authorized by the government of Canada, or to the knowledge of the government of Canada, by the imperial government? If so, to what amount, and for what purpose?

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February 1, 1909

Mr. BARNARD asked:

What amount has been expended by the government since 1896 in construction and maintenance, respectively, of wharfs in (a) New Brunswick, (b) Nova Scotia, (c) British Columbia?

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January 22, 1909

Mr. GEO. H. BARNARD (Victoria, B.C.).

Mr. Speaker, I take it that if the result of the recent elections in British Columbia re-

quires any justification, it has received it at the hands of the right hon. the Prime Minister to-day, for I think I am right in saying that the right hon. gentleman has paid more attention to the needs and wants of that province this afternoon than he has ever done since he has had the honour of leading the government. I do not propose to-night to discuss the questions on which the elections in the province of British Columbia were decided. The British Columbia members will, I think, if opportunity is afforded to them, and if it is not they will try to create it, discuss fairly, fully and freely those questions before thi8 House, and I think the right hon. gentleman will find that the members from the province of British Columbia will be prepared to take up the gauntlet which he has thrown down to-day.

The right hon. gentleman did me the honour to refer with some particularity to the election in Victoria and to a certain telegram which had been sent by the hon. leader of the opposition to the 'Colonist ' newspaper in that city; and, as I hope to stand in the estimation of the members of this House, not only on this side, hut on the other side as well, as a man of honour and integrity, I deem it proper to make a statement with regard to that telegram. As a matter of fact, the telegram was handed to me when I was speaking on a platform at a public meeting in the city of Victoria on the evening of Saturday, the 24th of October, by an emissary of the 'Colonist' newspaper, a man on the reportorial staff of that paper. I read the telegram as it was handed to me, and it appeared the next morning in the 'Colonist' newspaper in the form in which it was handed to me. That is all that I knew about that telegram at that time. I heard afterwards that there was some alteration made in the telegram, but I want to say that so far as my inquiries gave me any information, it was not made either with any knowledge of mine or with the consent or connivance of any of the gentlemen who did me the honour of assisting me in any way in my election in Victoria.

The right hon. gentleman had a good deal to say this afternoon about the reasons for the result of the elections in British Columbia. I think I can fairly tell the right hon. gentleman that he did not lose those British Columbia elections on the 26th of October, 1908, but he lost them when he made a certain speech in the Bussell Theatre in the city of Ottawa on the 3rd of December, 1907. The right hon. gentleman is reported in a paper which I believe is a Liberal paper, the 'Ottawa Free Press', as having on that occasion used the following words:

Japan is an ally of ours, declared Sir Wilfrid, and if there was a war in the Pacific in which Great Britain might be engaged we would have the Japanese fleet by the side of

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January 22, 1909


the British fleet. We would not apply the law of exclusion to the Japanese, but we recognize that there i9 a strong prejudice in the province of British Columbia amongst the white population against all kind's of Oriental population. I say prejudice, and I speak advisedly. I do not want 'to speak offensively. I know my words will be reported in British Columbia, but I speak here the same language I would speak there if it were my privilege to be there. Perhaps my words will be unwelcome there, but I tell them: You may have your views upon the question, and you are hostile to the immigration of the Oriental race. I do not oare for your sentiments, and I believe you are making a mistake.

With regard to the last sentence, I understand that the right hon. gentleman made a correction, stating that it should have read: 'I do not share your sentiments.' That sentence, I may tell the right hon. gentleman, was quoted time and again in the province of British Columbia and was never contradicted, and I assume it to be a correct report. That was one of the inducing causes which made a majority of the electors of British Columbia supporters of the Conservative party. The right hon. gentleman appeared to be especially surprised at the result in the city of Victoria, and seemed to consider it necessary to impute fraud to the party to which I belong in the conduct of the election; but I think he could have found other reasons, if he had gone a little deeper, why the electors of Victoria did not care to return the gentleman who was contesting the seat in his interest. That gentleman had contested the seat four times previously, and had been defeated three times out of the four, and it was only when he came to British Columbia and dazzled the eyes of the electors with a Windsor uniform as a minister of the Crown, and that at a by-election, that he managed to get a seat at all. Now, the right hon. gentleman might, in fairness to a new member of this House at least, have taken the House into his confidence in reading that telegram this afternoon, and might have told Hon. members that it was not addressed to myself, but to the 'Colonist' newspaper and was published in that newspaper. I may say, in conclusion, that I hope my own reputation in my own community is as free as is his in his community from imputations of fraud.

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