May 12, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative


Does the hon. gentleman think I do ? I am comparing these seas to Hudson's Bay, though it is not a bay, it is a great sea with an area of over half a million square miles. The area of Hudson's Bay is larger than that of all our lakes combined. The great lakes of Canada only include 100,000 square miles, but Hudson Bay includes half a million square miles, and has a name that is not properly applied to it. It may be said that I propose to remove an old historical landmark and to change the name. But, Sir, the discoverer of Hudson's Bay, or rather the man by whose name it is known, has a monument in the Hudson river in New York state, and he would still have a monument, if this Bill goes through, in Hudson Straits, and he is embalmed in Rip Van Winkle in a way that will last for ever. The motion I make has been suggested to me by men who have been studying the facts in connection with Mr. MACLEAN.
Hudson's Bay, by men who have been studying the geography of that country, by men who have been reading the history of the country, and the way in which we have lost territory. I think a very good opportunity is now presented to us for asserting our supremacy in that country. I hope it is true that the government in some way are already asserting supremacy in that country, that they are at the present time collecting customs duties there and planting the flag. If we do not plant the flag in Hudson's Bay, there are enterprising men and rivals of ours who will soon do it, and who have been setting up pretensions there, as they have set up pretensions in the Yukon. These things ought to cause us to reflect, and while hon. gentlemen opposite who have not been very anxious about protecting Canadian territory, and who have been anxious to see the old flag removed from the northern half of it-some of them may jeer and laugh at it-

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