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