June 14, 1950

PRIVILEGE

REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN WINNIPEG "FREE PRESS" OF MAY 9

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Jean Francois Pouliol (Temiscouala):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. I am indifferent to the praise or slurs of the press, but there are times when a member of parliament must rise to protest against false insinuations. I would not have paid much attention to an article appearing on the editorial page of the Winnipeg Free Press of May 9 had it not been reproduced by the Free Press Weekly of Winnipeg, the Moncton Daily Times, the Fort William Daily Times Journal and the Woodstock, Ontario, Daily Sentinel Review.

The article to which I refer is entitled "Isolationist". It was written by one of those bloated and narrow-minded colonials who have an inferiority complex with regard to imperialism, and who try to forget it by going to the other extreme and trying to have the superiority complex of internationally-minded people.

In the editorial they describe me as being "highly intelligent". This is not a compliment, because when a man is intelligent it means only that he is normal. I remember saying that one day about the Postmaster General (Mr. Rinfret), and everyone applauded. I said it was no compliment to his illustrious predecessor.

But, sir, I come to the issue:

Mr. Pouliot is a highly intelligent man, but his instinctive isolationism often warps his judgment.

In the latest edition of Funk and Wagnalls dictionary, published in 1949, I find this definition:

One who advocates an isolated condition, especially of a nation or country, as regards alliances and relations with others.

This is not my case. But I believe in the sovereignty of Canada, and I do not believe that we should be under control of any so-called great nation. That is why the

Atlantic pact is much superior to the United Nations organization. I remember, sir-

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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member should state his question of privilege.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Pouliol:

Yes, sir. I remember that two years ago I was abused, with the leader

of the Social Credit group, and my late and lamented friend, Mr. T. L. Church, for having said that the United Nations-

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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member has now stated his question of privilege. It would not be proper for him to go back to what happened two years ago.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Pouliol:

Yes, sir; but I have been vindicated this week. I said at that time that the United Nations could not guarantee the future of the world. No later than Monday the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson) said in Montreal that the United Nations could not guarantee the security of any country. It was late; I had said it two years ago, and it is such a long time ago that everybody has forgotten I said it then.

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BANKING AND COMMERCE

CONCURRENCE IN FOURTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. Hughes Cleaver (Hallon) presented the fourth report of the standing committee on banking and commerce, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 304, for the relief of David Allan Ferguson.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 305, for the relief of Ann Louise Fuller Brais.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 306, for the relief of Helen Leola Davidson Hunter.-Mr. Winkler.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have the electric slide detector fences on the Canadian National Railways lines, Ashcroft subdivision, between mile 93-7 and mile 94-0, been rebuilt following damage done to them this past winter?

2. In how many cases since the initial installation of the fences have the block signals been caused to be placed at the danger position due to rocks or slides striking the fences?

Questions

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. The slide detector fences have been repaired and were restored to service on April 5, 1950.

2. There were twenty-three occasions on which the signals were placed in the "stop" position by the slide detector fence mechanism, when it was in normal operation. On seventeen of these occasions no evidence was found of any rocks having struck the fence. On three occasions small rocks were found in the ditch beside the slide fence, and on three occasions there was a large enough rock fall or slide to obstruct the track.

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LUMP SUM

June 14, 1950