Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
I wish to ask the Prime Minister a question referring to his reply on the evening of July 28, as reported in Hansard, page 4S88, to the questions which had been raised about eight times this session on the flag and the national anthem by the-hon. member for Quebec-Montmorency (Mr. LaCroix).
The right hon. gentleman replied to me the other evening in reference to the statement he made on the national anthem in 1927, and he-stated that since that time we had had in: Canada a royal visit, on which occasion the two anthems were given equal recognition. In reply to an hon. member whose own side started this, he had already said in the house two or three times that in view of the fact that the war was on, the question in regard to a flag and an anthem could stand over until after the war, which I think was wise. It was secondary, and I did not start it. I should like to ask the Prime Minister to clarify the statement he made last Tuesday, because, when the law was looked into by me in 1927, on a question then put, the right hon. gentleman, then Prime Minister, stated that the existing anthem, "God Save the King," was and always would be Canada's national anthem, but that there was another one, which was somewhat provincial, like "The Maple Leaf Forever," and another provincial anthem namely "0 Canada." Would he clarify that
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statement? I think the house should decide these two matters according to the Prime Minister's reply of a month ago.