Parliamentary Debates Volume 58

Parliamentary Debates Volume 58

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...would refuse to accept Her Majesty's representative." I think that will shew the feeling would be such on this matter that we sheuld perhaps lose the privileges and advantages we possess as an integral portion of the Empire, if it was possible for us to successfully move in this direction. The henourable member for Dunedin South said, if I remember aright, alluding to a statement that had previously been made, that this is a proposal which, if carried, would probably sever the slender link which still binds us to Great Britain, and also lead to the disintegration of the Empire. That is a very large subject to raise on a question of this kind; but I may say that I entirely agree with the henourable gentleman. I believe that the teachings of both science and history point steadily in the direction of ultimate disintegration; but it is not for us to hasten that day, and I am sure I represent the feeling of a large majority of the people of this colony when I say that we wish to remain as long as possible an integral portion of the British Empire. Mr. SEDDON.--If I theught for a moment that the fact of the people of New Zealand claiming their undoubted right under the Constitution Act to elect their own Governor meant the separating of us from the Home-country and our beloved Queen, I sheuld be very sorry that we sheuld take such a course, for I claim for myself to be a New-Zealander and as loyal a subject as any in Her Majesty's dominions. But I do not think the people at Home would ever take that view of our action. It would be taken in a very different light from that of a late Governor and a member of the House of Lords, whem an henourable gentleman has referred to, and whe, I think, laid himself open to the assertion that he more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236926943
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