Hon. H. A. BRUCE (Parkdale):
I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) based upon a press report dated yesterday of a statement made by Professor Watson Kirkconnell of McMaster university to the effect that fifth-column activity in Canada is serious. I quote the article:
Giving what he described as examples of communist publications now appearing in Canada, Doctor Kirkconnell said there was a Hungarian-language weekly newspaper published in Toronto which "put on a chameleon act and emerged as a 100 per cent democratic paper" after the communist party was outlawed.
"The technique employed was to substitute the word 'Democracy' for the word 'Communism' in its columns and carry on much as before". The paper is "obviously Communist in sympathy", Dr. Kirkconnell said and "is still able to carry on in the heart of Toronto because it has found a formula that pays lip service to democracy."
Dr. Kirkconnell said there was a Ukrainian paper published in Smoky Lake, Alta.
"With consummate cleverness, every item of news or editorial opinion is conducive to a communist point of view in its reader."
The great majority in each group of European Canadians is loyal to Canada and their foreign-language press has rendered invaluable service to Canada, Dr. Kirkconnell said.
Will the minister have this statement investigated, and, if he finds the facts are as stated, take appropriate action to have these papers suppressed?
Subtopic: ALLEGED COMMUNISTIC ATTITUDE OF CERTAIN FOREIGN-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS