June 26, 1920 (13th Parliament, 4th Session)

L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

There is no minister from the Maritime Provinces and there is
no minister representing the province of Quebec east of Montreal. There cannot be any, because nobody can be elected as a supporter of this Government let alone a member of it. When we have such a condition of things, is it reasonable to enter into a new policy, to ask Parliament to vote almost $2,000,000 and to accept ships from the Admiralty as the nucleus of the Canadian navy of the future? Let the Canadian people pronounce upon it. Postpone this vote until next session, let us go to the country and then a Parliament' which will represent the views and opinions of the people of Canada will decide as to the naval policy.

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