April 16, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not know anything
different. I was bom within a few yards of where I now live, in the centre of an eighty-six-acre farm, which to-day is peopled within every thirty-foot lot by home-loving people,

with paved streets through the whole of it, I have Stuck right to the place where I was bom, and I hope I shall still remain there. But I know what is running through my hon. friend's mind. He thinks " what were your progenitors?" Like a good many more people in the old province of Ontario, I happen to be a descendant of an Englishman., from Bedfordshire, a man who came over here on a cattle boat and earned his first Canadian dollar right on the same street Where he lives now. He has worked hard and has done reasonably well for a man who never went to school. He raised a family of nine children. I would hesitate to say how many grandchildren he has, but it is quite a number. Not only that, when I think of the rest of his lineage, I recall one brother with ten children near my own riding-that is why I get such a large 'majority. I think of another uncle in Australia, with seventeen children, inhere is only one other member of the family, and he is out west, amid has eleven children. Yes, and when I think of my own immediate family, I can find a lead for me to follow, for the one next to me has seven children, and is still going strong. I have four myself, and I am the youngest man in this house.
Mr. Speaker, when I was interrupted I had said something on behalf of Canada with regard to every province perhaps except that keystone to the whole arch of our Canadian civilization, the province of Ontario-Ontario with the descendants of English, Irish and Scotch stock, with her people who have in their makeup British ideals and traditions- Ontario is ready and always has been ready to march in line with all the other provinces of this Dominion to bring Canada to her destiny. Ontario always has been ready to move forward for the sake of Canada, and if we in Canada can get into our minds that we to-day are a Canadian people, a Canadian race, having in our makeup that ideal which is absolutely necessary, that through the history of civilization for the last eight hundred years or more we have found one dominating factor which has been the greatest agency for good to civilization, and that factor is that the British commonwealth of nations has been able to maintain itself and deal justly with every one she has come in contact with -so long as we remember that we are the Canadian race of people, and if we determine to remain firmly within the ambit of the Britannic commonwealth, realizing that in order to carry forward our ideals, we must maintain our place within the empire, then in my opinion, Mr. Speaker, we shall fulfil our destiny.

The Budget-Mr. Hammell

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