Mr. JEAN-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, as a private Liberal
member and a French Canadian from the province of Quebec it is my duty to rise to a question of privilege in respect of a letter published by the Ottawa Citizen in its issue of February 18. The letter is headed "Shadow of Vichy in Canada," and is addressed to the editor of the Citizen in these words:
Winston Churchill says that the lowest point in the war was when the French folded up. French politicians were responsible. Can it happen in Canada that the representatives of French-Canadian political remote control can cause the same thing here?
Think it over. Vichy is still represented at Ottawa. French Canada controls 65 seats in the House of Commons. There are only 245. 'Nuff said.
James E. Brooks Montreal, February 16, 1942.
This James E. Brooks is the president of the James E. Brooks Cotton company, of Montreal. His business address is 614 St. James street, Montreal; his home address is Sea Island Beach, Georgia. The records of the customs offices will show that he deals in cotton imported from United States and Brazilian firms which are enemy controlled.
Does he not know the names Esteve Brothers, or J. Kahn and Company, of Campanera? The money he pays for this cotton goes to Italy or Germany, because it is cotton that was originally bought for and on account of German and Italian principals. He gets it cheap and sells it to well-known Canadian textile firms, who are not averse to exploiting their French-Canadian employees.
The proof of this could be found in the files of the customs department. If a return were tabled of Canadian firms which trade with the enemy, no French-Canadian firm would be found in that list; only good "patriots" who are shouting for conscription. And no French Canadian is on the board of directors of any such company.
Brooks purchased time over American radio stations, as an American of the south, and probably a member of the Ku Klux Klan, to carry on a political campaign during the last by-election in Welland and York South, in favour of Arthur Meighen. It is time that these "patriots"-