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CANADA AT WAR   31

with Britain and the other British Dominions in this quarrel, and that duty we shall not fail to fulfil as the honour of Canada demands. Not for love of battle, not for lust of conquest, not for greed of possessions, but for the cause of honour, to maintain solemn pledges, to uphold principles of liberty, to withstand forces that would convert the world into an armed camp; yes, in the very name of the peace that we sought at any cost save that of dishonour, we have entered into this war; and while gravely conscious of the tremendous issues involved and of all the sacrifices that they may entail, we do not shrink from them but with firm hearts we abide the event."

The general tone of the debate was described by Sir George Foster at the close of the session:

"That generosity which sometimes lies more or less concealed in partisan and racial disputes has burst all those ignoble bonds, and a feeling of pure patriotism, love of country, and devotion to what the flag symbolizes, has come to the front disfigured by no mean or petty purpose.

During the discussion some references were made to the speeches of Sir Edward Grey and Mr. Asquith in the British House of Commons, and full reports of these speeches were afterwards printed and circulated for Canadian use.

The House speedily got down to business. The Minister of Justice moved a series of resolutions declaring that it was expedient "to ratify and confirm measures consequent upon the present state of war" and giving large powers to the Governor-General-in-Council. These included censorship of publications and communication, arrest, detention, exclusion and deportation, control of harbours and movement of vessels, transportation by land, air and water, trade and manufacture. Some changes were made in the tariff for the purpose of providing additional revenue; but this matter was dealt with more comprehensively in the following session.


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