March 18, 1942

REPORT OF COMMITTEE


First report of standing committee on agriculture and colonization.-Mr. Weir.


PRIVILEGE


MR. LACOMBE-ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN "i.'aCTION catholique" on march 17


IND

Liguori Lacombe

Independent Liberal

Mr. LIGUORI LACOMBE (Laval-Two Mountains) (Translation):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I wish to state that on March 17, 1942, L'Action Catholique published the following remarks about me:

While behaving like a choir-boy, Mr. Lacombe uses coarse language. . . .

Yesterday he said, without turning a hair, that the Quebec East electors had allowed themselves to be bribed wholesale because they did not vote for the Canadian party.

Mr. Speaker, I submit that this item is a pure fabrication. The hired scribe of L'Action Catholique would deserve to be summoned to the bar of the House of Commons to answer for his wanton attack against me and the Canadian party.

Mr. Lorenzo Pare would like to shelter under a racial cloak the alleged hero whose defence he takes. What he writes about me is a tissue of lies. The ineptitudes of that scribe are beneath my contempt.

Since it has allowed such foul statements to be published in its columns, I ask the readers of L'Action Catholique to return that paper to its editor, after having struck out the word "Catholique", which those people should no longer be permitted to besmirch. The fact that they are drawing money from the provincial treasury is their own concern. They are at liberty to wallow in the black ink of Mr. Godbout's printing contracts. Let them change the name of their paper or cease to publish it, because that is imperative in the best interests of religion and country. How shameful for a

Questions oj Privilege

paper bearing such a great name to ridicule the choir-boys who are both the adornment and the pride of our places of worship!

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Liguori Lacombe

Independent Liberal

Mr. LACOMBE:

How can a paper which bears such a great name attack a member who has for years stood up in this parliament in defence of our religion and our creed against the attacks of the Reverend Shields and the breakers of the Sabbath. What a servile attitude! What a disgrace!

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MR. RALSTON-REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN DEBATE ON MARCH 17

LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question

of privilege. Yesterday afternoon when I was out of the house the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) naade this statement, as reported at page 1372 of Hansard:

How different was the position in 1935 when the legislation was set up.

He was speaking of the wheat bill. He went on to say:

The present Minister of National Defence, then the mouthpiece for the grain exchange and the other big interests from Winnipeg-

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Was this not all gone into last night? Can it be done a second time? Two questions of privilege on the same matter?

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

My hon. friend is extremely agitated;-

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Not a bit.

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

-he was not so agitated when I called him at his room last night and advised him that I was going to speak of this in the house. I call on my hon. friend to withdraw unequivocally that statement. I unequivocally denied it and my hon. friend knows perfectly well it is untrue. I ask him to withdraw it.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I will certainly deny that I knew it was untrue. If the statement is unparliamentary I will withdraw it. If he was not the mouthpiece of the big interests then he was the ally of the big interests.

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I am asking that my hon. friend unequivocally withdraw that statement. I deny equally that I was the ally of the big interests. I want to say to my hon. friend that if there was anything wrong in connection with the legislation which was introduced and supported at that time by my associates and myself, his government, which commanded a very large majority in this house, could very readily have voted it down. Instead of that, the then prime minister, his leader, accepted those suggestions, put them in a bill and passed the bill, and further my hon. friend stated yesterday that what was proposed was "quite proper and was quite properly agreed to, and that was done."

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Why make a speech about it?

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I am not making a speech; I am stating to my hon. friend that the statement that I was the ally of the big interests or that I was the mouthpiece of the big interests are both equally and unequivocally false.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

If the statement is unparliamentary I withdraw it.

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I ask my hon. friend to

withdraw the statement unequivocally.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Does your Honour rule that I have to withdraw that statement?

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March 18, 1942