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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 18, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE SIX ! � THE LETH BRIDGE P AFT^T WER A tD THURSnAY, PEBUUARY 17, 1916 BARGAINS IN EVERY LINE COMMENCES HAYR NO REASONABLE OFFER OLD STAND, OPPOSITE THE HERALD SIR WILFRID LAURIER SUPPORTS EXTENSION IN SPLENDID SPEECH and knowini; his business as well as any man, will co-ne true and thai tlie war will be over within three \\,ars. Then we will know CAaclly wliere we are. I The proposal (>( the (inverunienl to' whieh they ask our sarxtiou in the resolution is tliat the term of Parliament should be extended for one year from th? end of the present I'arlia- confiricnee in this fcrcnce which we there was, as of ------ - . ------- ------- , ,.uuLoi iiK.. luu^" be in every party, tinent, they declared, m the very pre-! Vft, iu the lace ----- ' .............. " amhle of the Act, that the new Do- disposition, there l._ minion should be endowed with a con- as numerous almost Etltution similar in principle to the thf vear that on the ,_____.....o............ constitution ol the United Kingdom, adian people there is a srov.ins: dis- my rii^lit hon. fri""!! the Prime Min- ^j,^. Conservative press were the It is well to mark the words, Sir, inclination to have an election during ister would have taken his coUeaiiuc j,j,pp ^^^^^ thjijlj liecause the intentions of those men, the war. The reason lor \ie\. in hand and tau.^Ul hun nis responsi- ^ jsable to quote them to the llous:, who had the moulding of Canada's seems to be this : in all ihinus hu- hility. [jdl evcrvbo'iv knows that the Con- destiny in their hands, was that the man, even the most excellent, the in- But that is not all. t-ome weeks ;ii- y-rvalive' pies.s was not unanimous British constitution should he the Mrmitv of our nature, is never cojii- trrnarris the hon Min;st:r of Public ^j,,,,^^ jjufji^ct , ji,pf there re pillar of lire by night and the pillar pletely absent. We pri/e our system Wor.s went to the city of >ionlr--.\i crj:ans "of Conservative ('ninion which of cloud by day which should cuide the youns country to union and to nationhood. In the nsass of rules and nave ontainen irom vueai. uiuam, u m'tvi-'--' ama, m mo i;i .>!inion which of parliamcntarv a;ovcrnmcnt. We he- where he is reported to have spoken ^..^^^ adverse to any rvtensiou. The lieve thit the institutions v hirh �.\r alter this fashion : same division of opinion prevailed have obtained from Great Britain, if ^'r. Uoicers said, in view ci t\i? jKcwhere But whatever may have way of German ambition, what was there for Kngland to do ? Nolliini; hut to return from Berlin with victory and honor. And what was Canaila to do Sir, my hon. friend from Kamouraska, the moment Kne.huid -inclared war upon Gern.anv. anxiety was replaced by entiuisi sm, and from that dav every Ce.ii'.uli'.'.n of Frrncii orisin, worthy of But that i.';ht for France, nay, if law and' is ^ coroliarv ' that there an'unset tied "state "of husiness, more at th? present time. j ,hirk or to seek to av-oid. 1 will en- s&dt'at l^ast�one s^ssirof par- o? lesl pronounced ; is violence: wanted Election ''r'^'l^J'^'^^^vL^ci:^^^ mmm mmm smtms ^m^, emment: and they were intended to towards one end, and one end onl> ^t^.^^^b^ct'His Responsibilities put a Check upon the power of the the very thought, ".at the e niiRht b^^ o?, the part of the Government, the i, ths position which 1 occupy iu King and of Parl.ainent. ^. ^ 1'^n '\ aKrminV to re" onse wis not what had an- this Mouse, enjoying as 1 do thecon- .I'^VZ ruof of iSmeUt Tl^^%^r% Te ^=1." .Ucipated.. On the part of^al-.e sec- ndenceof.a large section of the Cana^ and to subject Parliament to ^he This feeling on. the linal arbitrament ' ' srcat and dent also, -----------^.......... -; v. 7,turbance'which would be involved in ir"om tlios- appertaining to the mem- tho destinies 01 our country, recog- -an uncertainty lor which i tninK ,, _ , _ . (need not comment upon that. Manv his origin, has stood behind Kngland times upon tlu' ilocr of this Mouse I tlie war. have expressed .my views. There was no obligation, no compulsion. Canada was free, absolutely fre:; to go in, and free to stay out. Hut what use are we to make of our liLerlies ? We knew that Kngland was engaged in _____ _________ ____^ combat" with an ckcniy strong nceii'bL\ To (lie for l-VancramC-I do in preparation-even more prepared not know svhetlier I should sav it in than we had supposed hitherto - an j,v ^r sorrow-thousands of them, enemy animated by the blacK ambi- and more of British origin than of tion of unucrsal domination. Inder Krench origin, have given to France such circumstances there was nothing ,[easirrc' of their devotion, for Canada to do but to do what she ;^nll have died for her did ; to place at the disposal of Kng- y . , ,, . , mtj'" "Z^"',^\Jd^v Who wdfest^^is ed"h the lesthnonv^^ol s^'at r thSt ^fc^;!^ history, that-the great bond of union in the face of the declarations ^  - -------------. , . -------- ..... ^ . ,. ,.. resnonsibilitv. er ot this 1 arliament to repeal, to rather "certaintv," because for manv Throne, the foUowinn declaration: ijroke out I had a clear v!.'}ion"'ofThe ?n f �^ ?. 'snore them. By .ection months it seemed that the intention Tiic life of the present Parliament path i should take, and from that .10 of the Constitution they provided of the Government was to dissolve expires in the autumn of this year, path 1 have never deviated. 1 have �'�"^t: Parliament and to hold an election, and, under existing ICTislation, a dis- euounlered the taunts of toes, and livery House of Commons shall con- I can not otherwise interpret the ac- solution and t lection would be neces- sometim s the doubts of friends, but, tinue for five years from the day of tion of members of the Government, sary in the early future. My advisers, s-.t olearlv before me were the tacts the return of the writs for choosing The rea.sons which the right hon. however, are of the opinion that the which illuminated mv course and the House (subject to be .sooner dis- the Prime Minister now gives as to wishes of the Canadian people and the pointed the wav. Th're was first of arid ''""ranee and to preserve her from dis- Di^sV.ns of their militarv leaders - allegiances come back to Can- ^�ho'can doubt l^it 'that'f G^y f-;^ "j'"'" , Xn'w^'tllev" ^ H-erc to win it would. Ic the end of V Vi ' ''^V 1 A ,V f!,n an we hold sacred. Who can ^douht j^llll^^Hf .^^'S uni' There shall he a session of the Par-' month of April last my lion, friend a time. var from -i sense of dntv which she Uauitnt of Canada once at least in the Minister of Public Work;, (Mr. That can otil.v be eficctrd owed not .so mncli to herself: as' to ..... ...... ., .. _____ .epcated ......_.. , : one meets a'ld that understands ihe islalion as will extend the lite of this hundred times, and one hundred times ' These two provisions are part of conditions, in tones louder than Ihun- Parliament for the period of one year ji is true-that Sir Kdward Grev a our constitutional law, and it is not der, demanding that this Parliament will be presented to voii. of judgment, nioiietDf'on, in the: po\s'W of -this Parliament to be dissolved, that the rights and lilj- view of the, expressions of public and lofiy thought, did everything it IBHOre, to 'repeal/.or to amend them, crties ot the people of this Ilomiuion opinion to wliich my riihl hou. friend vyas possible for man to do to pr?-Thc .last 'elections took place in be granted to them under our form reierred during the course of the re- nf , it to the last. If this course were D^uuer. v,^niains me llie Ol i taken, we should substitute for an the wheat in a digestible ! evil which we wish to avoid an evil fonn RuilH"? Qfnrrlv rr>hn<5t still more to be dreaded. Whatever -"""Pf Smruy, rODUSt we niav do, we cannot .deprive the boys and girls. Serve It for people of the supreme commaml which breakfast with hot milk, they must have over the legislaturrs, -rurajp Pjin,,i�. the members of which they elect. We in k./anaaa. cannot dtprive them of periodical, elections. The period may be extend-j ed, or restricted, but we cannot have! an ijidelinite proposition such as i would he involved in a general rro-posal to have the term of Parliament extended during the whole duration of the war. We do not know hov. louK the war niav last. We all hope that it will soon bB over ; certainly it will not be over BO soon as we at first expected. Hut wo have reason to believe that the words o( horii Kitchener, true and Kooti solilior as he is, that it would he the end of that individual liberty, that independence of thought and action which cili/.'3ns of all British countries value' mote than life itself. For my part, 1 re-echo the 1 words lately spoken by a workman| al the doc'fs of Liverpool : "Discuss! not compulsion ; discuss nothing ; if Germany should win nothing on God's earth would mfiller." I spe.ik mv whole soul and heart v.iien I say that if f-ermany were to win T would bei thankful liiat Providimce should close! my. eyes before I saw the sun risingj on such a day. The French Feeling Hut, Sir, there is more. Need 1 repeal that 1 lim u Canadian of Fren'.:h oflRin. It has always seemed to me that thoS3 ill whose' veins courses t.he blood of France, as it.cour.scs in my I veins, should have been cen more j eager, than tiicir fellow-citizens of MCngli.sii origin to stand behind Kng-i j land in this cont^sl. Why shcjuld 11 i say HO '.' We of French origin have' I always ullirnH'fl it, not olisircperou.s-' I ly, hut with dignity, and certainly! I there ite'.er wii.s' a Iime whi^n we had j 'greater cause to be 1 roud of the land! I of. ,qur ancestors than in these days I when France, tried in the crucible 01 i adversity., is perhaps greater than she eU'V was in the past. She astonishes tlr.'. world with her courage and  heroism, and she shows lo the world ; not onlv all the virtues that wekn.w ' her to he possessed of, but virtues that wo thought she laoVed. These are Home of the re.'isons which al all events Inllufiiue me. It was' a dav ot joy for us of French origin when Kngland and France, who have done uo much to bring civiliration to the high plane it has reached, at last put an end to their qnarrtls, buried, aud liuried forever, their old enmltiis, anil proclaimed lo the world their never-ending friendshiii. That day, the last pang (;f bitterness passed' av,'ay,jiir.i there arose new hopes and new a.spir-ations of nobler and prouder Uiint'S. But those were days of anxiety. As was well said the olhur day in' a most admirable speech ^y niY� hun-friend from Kumotirask^ ng of that union. These- were the sentiments which animated me ) this was the vis'on which 1 had of ivbat was to come, when, at the special session of the Parliament of l'Jl-1, Itook luy seat. Then I declared what should be Ibu pcdicy which I and the friends who give nie their conlidencc would follow in this emergency. 1 oxprmed my views in words which have been very oil.n (lUolcd � they were oven cited toiav by my right hon. friend the Priiiie .'Minister. I need olfer no excuse it 1 should quote them again in view of what I shall have to say niter wards. On that occasion 1 stat.'d the policy which we intended to 'follow In these words : This session has been called for tha jiurpose ot giving the authority of Parliament and the sanction of law' to such measures as have already been taken by the Government, and any further measures (hat; may be needed, Iu insure the defence of Canada and to give what aid may be in our power to I lie .Mother Country in the stupendoii.s struggle which now confronts her. Spcakhig for those who sit around me, speaking tor the wide constituencies which we represent iu this House, 1 hasten to say that to all these measures we are prepared to give imiiiediale assent. If in what haS i]cen done or in what remains to he done there may be anything \Vhich iu our judgment should not be done or should he diferently done, wo raise, no question, v,e take no exception, wo oher no criticism, and we shall offer no criticism so long as there is danger at the front. These opinion which I then expressed have sometimes rcceivtil a very singular interpretation. One in tcrpretation of thenr which T have heard on the lloor of this House is, that we should simply be automatons ; mere clerks to register the decrees of the Government. I need not say that lo such an interpretation we of'the Opposition do not intend to pav any. attention. We arc here, thri representatives of the people, we see very clearly the duties which we have to perform, and we are still an Opposition. My words were very plain, and r can 'repeat what I said then, e.\:eiiiplificd by what has happened since, and by what we shall do again. All measures which have for their object the successful prosecution of : the war we are prepared now, as in the past, to support ; all measures, \ all actions, which in our judgment j may he detrimental to the successful �prisecution of the war, it will be our [ duly til oppose. As to all such things las have no improper character, as to , all such things as might he diltereiit- I (Continued on Page 7.) Ltttlo MAIDEN ) CAKADA Your friends a love chocolate fillinc^ ;