It is therefore in this light, Mr. Speaker, that I would like to deal very briefly with the problem before this house. We are asked to ratify a measure involving two great and divergent principles. The first one, by establishing representation on the basis of population, would grant, at this time, eight new members to the province of Quebec. Although the cry of "rep by pop" was first raised in this country by someone who feared French-Canadian preponderance, and although this principle may again operate against us, we cannot deny the immediate advantage of the proposal.
Our province and our compatriots will never have too many representatives in this house, f we consider particularly the veiled, but jonstant and crafty hostility nursed against us by certain fanatical elements, _ which is apparent not only in the civil service and the various federal departments, but in the committees and boards and sometimes even in this house.
These eight new members coming from Quebec after the next federal election, if the resolution is passed, might well mediate on this thought expressed by the same Father Simard, whom I quoted a moment ago, on page 155 of his book:
Were you to ask me now what should be said and done in parliament, I would tell you: Come to Ottawa, please, not as foreigners or as children expecting a spanking. Be thoroughly versed in questions bearing on the common good of Canada. Hold to a uniform national creed and always place it above party slogans. In this respect, all vour forefathers have sinned, the Liberals in 1905 and the Conservatives in 1912. Make it understood that Canada is both French and English and that as far as you members of the French-Canadian group are concerned, you will never divide on the three following points: freedom for our faith, freedom for our culture, a happy relation between the central and provincial authorities.
I quote further:
You may discuss the means of implementing this threefold plan. In fact, you will cling to these things above all. Not by threatening to leave your house when your rival claims it for
himself, but by establishing your rights of ownership and shouting back: "You shall not oust me from my home. If you want a fight, you will have it."
The second principle involved in the resolution bears on the procedure concerning amendments to the British North America Act which may be suggested from time to time.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT AS TO RULES FOR READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION