April 5, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The civil authorities did not act. WeTe we then to hold our hand? No, we are not to hold1 our hand. In this I think my right hon. friend agrees: that it was our duty to use such force as was found necessary to prevent disorder, to preserve public peace, and to ensure the enforcement of the Military Service Act. I would further suggest to my right hon. Mend that expressions such as he has used are not helpful to that very conciliation for which he so strongly appeals. I concur in that appeal, but he tells us in a very eloquent period: "Now is the time to put aside all our differences, to stand together and unite as one people in the carrying on of this war;" then, in the same breath he attacks the Government in violent language and characterizes the passing of this necessary Order in Council as an abuse of power.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC DISTURBANCES.
Subtopic:   MOTION OF MR. J. A. CURRIE FOR LEAVE TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE TO DISCUSS.
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