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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 11, 1913, Lethbridge, Alberta i ^1 � .'^ . 1 � J THE 0- Energetic Reply to the Asper sions o); R. B..Bennett on Southern Peoples 4 4 The following: is the Hansard report of 1>r. Warnock'B BPQcch on the navy, In wbloh he replledi to tho as-jjerslonB of U. B. Bennett, the Alborta Tory leader, on the Mormon people: iMr. Ohalrman: When I had the honor to apeak ou this queation soiiie time ago, I Btated that 1 was unalterably Qppoflfid to the propo9ul ot the Rovernment to apeud $35,000,000 In oonetructing three buttleshlps to be handed ov^r to the British A^mlraUy. One of my reaoonB wan that as the8� AhlpB are to he manned and nialntatn* ftd by areat Britain, we are> fiddlng to the already heavy burden ot the Br4tlfih taxpayer fay saddliuff him with the maintenance of three superfluous dreadnoughtB. Stncei I expros-sed that opinion, I havc had no reason to change my views, and, Indeed, I am more convlaced than ever that the government'^ poUoy of ooutrJbutlon Is a mlfltake, and la not the method bciet calculated to rend^i* an efficient assistance to the Motherland in time ot need. My beUef in thla has be^n strengthened during the pa�t two daya by convortfattons I have had with a friend, a native bom Scotch-wan like myself, who haa Just returned to Canada after spending five months In the homeland*^ During that time he haa been in close touch with pubUo opinion, baa travelled in many dlBtrlots la Scotland, Bngland and Ireland, since the right hon. the Prime Minister announced hla naval policy in December JaSt, and he has no hesitation in atatlDg that the masses of the people In the Motherlandt while deeply grateiul for Canada's offer and display of loyalty, yet, deprecate the form of that offer. The great majority of the people .express the opinion that Canada shotild build, man, and maintain a navy of bet own, pre^ X^re to 4^�nd her own. Dlkores and with trained orews of able-bodied seamen and ships suitable for the pur-poije, ihould be ready to render, the Brltiah elieTehlm'ta *>e correot, and In my hnm'ble opinion the greatest service Canada oan do the Bmplre is to prepare to build, snan, and ma&ntaltti ber own navy, and at a \%t^ stage of w remar^ce, 1 ehaU deal with this phase of the question more ntB In cash down, and thus it is ihat any such system would prove to tie of a disintegrating, rather than unifying' effect. Friction would develop, and in my opinion, thd only safe course, the only course by which the Empire can advance from etrength to strength in the natural growth of true unltedness Is for each of its constituent nations to follow out Us own line of national development, and attend to its own business, which includes the discharge of Ite duty in regard to Imperial defence. If our Canadian government porslsts in Its endeavor to discharge that duty by cash payments to Great Britain for looking after our defence, there must inevitably be, as is aU'eady manifest, discusftlon of ;uo-tives with the certainty of orlticlasa later on, of the amounts given, and the mixing of the polities of the two countries, with results that cannbt but bo dlsadvantagebue. What do our Brltlsh-^born oltixens think of the proposal to send 136,-000,000 to Britain for tlve purpose' of building battleships, which are to be manoed and maintained 'by our kinsmen across the sea? Dp they approve of it? I do not think so. They know that such a policy muat Increase the burden of the British taxpayer. Many hundreds of thousands of emigrants have left the shores of Britain to adopt pioneer life. In Canada. Many of thorn have invested every, dollar it|i�y 'p'dlsseseed In Komeatead ftmw provemenU; they have been gHevous-ly disappointed with the small returns from the sale of Cbeir crops, and dow have difficulty in mei^tlng their financial obliiratlonf. High rates of Interest on machine com* paniea' notes, and on borrowed mon-ey� must be paid, and many settlers will be compelled to leave their homo*-steads this ^year and se�k employ-me^t \n railway couBtructlou camps. Their relatives at honie know well their fllrcumstances, and I have rea-son to know, are adTislhg these Brl-tlsb*boru setUers to deuiand a vote on this ptopoaed policy of contribution, and to vote dgainirt It Their relatives in tha did :|jand hav^ po d^* sire to s�9 Canada send thai chtr(- butioxi for tha purijose ot bulldi9ft bttt* tiesl>lt�s wh4n ixion^ fa so ur^tiy req^ti^ftd m Canada, and I bflieve that It the pe Mothirlaii^ were i^van an bppnrtunity to vote on this QUiiitlbn they wppjd vcte ag-aiPBt the aoceptan6s: "It is worth noting that on a question, of so much importance to Canada aa that of naval defence, only one of all our sev^n members- from this prdvince^has worth while to liip^ess �U opinion/' Referring to tbe hon. member for Va^obhver, the aritcle says: ^*bhls op(positlon to tho construe* tloii of a Canalace at Cardston in the happens to bd Dir. Borden, not Sir fatU'of 18^, whefl" British troops had j^obai^d l\�^.i4^, /^^ere Mr. stevena beea defeated: ia the South African 4 r'j tttl^g to the British navy, but it we interested in Wmlng operations. Proh had a fleet unit of our own we woul^ nhjy i have talked wUh many more daytime, and in the evening attended to her household dutlea 4tQd nuriied v i^l her husband. The public Were so W i pressed with the herolo oonduo> of>^:|^l his wife that they qulokly BUbscrlt�|d v �135. This Win be devoted *q ihfefSi four orphan children, who are POIT ifc iMl the care of friends. "i?^!*?]^/^'^ !r^ft.^^�\^ iu a position to coii^pel these mutin-1 farmers than the hon. member for Richard McBrlde's speech la the Brl- ^ ^ ^ t , tlsh Columbia Legislature a short time ago, I feel sure that he can be FRESH mOU THE OLD LAND �J ^ \ eers to men their ships. I would also Calgiry, and I can assure the mem call attention to Uie fact that without h^rs 0^ this House that the statements depended upon to strongly urge that Can^Oda fulfil her agreement with firing a shot Germany oould be a mes^- made to Bie� and I think, to every aoe to the British Heet by fOHdni^ candidate li^ tiie we^t were that re-Qreat Britain to keep lier ships bph- o>proelty was a good thing for Can- Australia, and station a fleet unit In e.etityaled in the North sea, thus le^v- ftda, but a bad, thing for the United a g^h" ing our trade routes entirely unpro- states. I am quite sure that when Pacific waters, tier mnbard Coming fro an of hie political persuasion, Blr ^^^^^^ ^l^^t I believe to he one of the 'hoi^. membei^ for Calg^M-y stated tiarda rsa^rki are impiprtupt, the strongest argumkts*In favor qf a .^bat they vote^ for reciprocity be and I shall quote two paras^phs of Oahadlan navy. I have always had cause tJncle Sm wanted it, he was his speech as -reported inthe British v^ary/little faith, d f^v atateinent. Columhia press. Dealing Mth:;the tj^^J^^^a enie^^^^^ . , ..i . quesffon of naval protecttoa for the since I read the V^^t hon. \^instbh Pacific coast of Canada, he said: churoiiUls' sUvtemeSi* ip i^ls s�^oli very day Is pointing out io the to his cbnstltuenla in Dundee, Scot- world the rich variety of our resqurc es and tlie magnitude of our ppten-tlalitlee aa a great nation of the fut^ ure, while across the eea that wondj^f land, yben ha fold them tJiiere wa^ no emergency and no need, that Qreat S^ritlan was able and ready to niiiln-tain her supremacy on the ee^. ^d ful people, the .Tapaneae--and the ^jj^ people pf th9 pveraeae do Chinese as well-are. Intensely en^ thlons need have no foar of Britain's yend Us i^ the eftJba^^^^ aM I toojleve thp policy; of the gaged in natlon-buildlng. "They are not to he' blamed it th^y take more than a healthy li^terest In thl� part of Canada, and if in an un* guarded hour, the naval forces of those countries, or either of thjsm, should cross the ecus, and take po8d(?fllrable territory, we in Canada have our* selves to blame." 8ui:ely that is a strong ergupiept for the construction of a C^n^dtao navy Jor the defence of our own shoras, and I hope panada> Austra* Ua and New Zealand will coiiie to some agreement t^latlve to the patrolling of. Paolfio waters Cor the pl'o-tection of our Pacific litit^rf.' I can only ^ripress auirprfse. Sir, that we hav^ l^eard so little from hop. members for British Ooluinhiai in thi|i itnpbrtant d^hate. but of eeven pififn^* ^ere only one has' expressed h)i^ Tlaws, and h� w^n oppoiped to % Oii* supremacy being oh^Banged I* now want tp deal with certain statetf eht^ made in this House by the lion, member for CsJgary (Mr Bennett) On page of 4073-3 of Hansard, He i^ reported af having said: I have lived long enough io the western country with ita cosmopolitan population to know that bonflres blfl^ ed thipre when British arms were basit^ on in eouth Atrioa. Mr, stfevens: I wilx think,wa hav� H rlfht t9 object to t6is. Tip toi member Is reading pot tor tbe k^p pt miUnUi an argdttlht, . Dr. fisvlib: p� deo r would like to point out that in $ourlndt'4 paj'WmekitiMy proceSwre, pape m Th �    Mr. Jamor for Caiifafy te gpluif weiit this spring. He ^0^119 ttoK ihm will bo a provln- otia tiafi^i m\ fti ihtaadi to take fjkt} ip elesl}6p: fta w�l be ^on-fronted