Why should my impartial friend, the Deputy Speaker, mix up politics with a question of this kind?
Mr. LaYERGNE: I am not mixing up
politics; I am just giving history. "
Mr. ST-PERE: Was it at that time that somebody was going to shoot holes through the British flag?
Mr. LaYERGNE: I am not afraid to
answer that. Yes, it was, and after that he became a member of the cabinet. I do not see why he should deny having said that. He did not invent that phrase; it was first used by Sir Adolphe Chapleau, and it was true. The right hon. leader of the opposition, 1 am sure, is not going to deny the good old days of Papineau and William Lyon Mackenzie. I am not, as a Canadian. The men who shot holes through the British flag in those dark days won for us the liberties of which we are so proud to-day, which liberties, now that we have them, have made us loyal subjects. I do not see why my hon. friends opposite should make any reproaches.
Subtopic: PROPOSAL FOR ADOPTION OF FLAG SYMBOLIC OF CANADA AND HER PARTNERSHIP IN BRITISH EMPIRE