The scheme of Confederation shows clearly that the English race have in this, as in every other instance, been favored, to the detriment of the French element.
…the question arises, how is it best to treat with Indians whenever their rights of property will interfere with the opening up of the country… That the Indians consider themselves "Lords of the Soil," is evident… However, with a view of protecting those who may be attracted to this rich and fertile region, in search of either mineral or agricultural wealth, a large and comprehensive treaty will be found necessary.
When we feel we are one people—when we have a national sentiment—when we can present a united population of four millions of people animated by the same interests and affections, we shall have a guarantee of security and prosperity that we cannot have now.
It is our chiefs, our young men, our children and great grandchildren, and those that are to be born, that I represent here, and it is for them I ask for terms. The white man has robbed us of our riches, and we don't wish to give them up again without getting something in their place.
If we do not take advantage of the time, if we show ourselves unequal to the occasion, it may never return, and we shall hereafter bitterly and unavailingly regret having failed to embrace the happy opportunity now offered of founding a great nation under the fostering care of Great Britain, and our Sovereign Lady, Queen Victoria. (Loud cheers, amidst which the honorable gentleman resumed his seat).
The French Canadians were an impulsive race, and he thought it very wrong for a writer or a speaker to attempt to raise a disturbance in the East as well as in the West. They were French Canadians, but they were also British subjects (cheers), and were as much British, even if not more so, than the British, (cheers). car
Any fool can cry down but it is the part of a wise man to build up.
I am not going to be greatly moved either by the argument that we must restore intact our island sovereignty or there will be those who will turn over in their graves. If my great-grandfather wants to turn over in his grave because we want to hear both sides of the story, that's entirely the business of his revered shade. If those who were giants in his day and theirs want to join in his macabre gymnastics, that is entirely their own business.
I fearlessly assert that the Confederation of the British North American Provinces has taken no strong hold of the public mind of Canada. It never was demanded, and I believe as certainly as that I am now speaking, that if this matter were submitted to the people, and fully understood by them, they would reject it.
I do not think that the member for East Grey is a very profound thinker or a great orator; I do not think he himself would lay claim to be either; but there is one thing for which I am willing to give him the palm, that is, that he is a consummate actor.