INTERNATIONAL: Canada is Foreign?

Is Canadian a language? If so, is it foreign to an Englishman? Is Canada a country—or not? Last week these three questions agitated two of His Majesty's Parliaments.

In London brisk Alexander Wilkinson Haycock, a Labor M.P. born in Ontario, but now representing an English constituency, was caught up short while addressing the House of Commons in his mother tongue, Canadian. Interrupted peppery Walter James Womersley, Conservative, addressing the Deputy Speaker:

"Is it legal—I demand to know—is it legal for a member to address this House in a foreign...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!