February 14, 1962

LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. J. P. Deschatelels (Maisonneuve-Rosemont):

Mr. Speaker, my remarks will be very short. I think the majority of Canadians today are in favour of a distinctive Canadian flag. There is no doubt about that, and we all know-

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Joseph Aimé Roger Parizeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Parizeau:

Two flags under the Liberals.

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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

Mr. Speaker, we all know that the Liberal party committed itself, and there was no promise-

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Joseph Aimé Roger Parizeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Parizeau:

Two flags.

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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

-but a firm commitment-

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Léonard-David Sweezey Tremblay

Liberal

Mr. Tremblay:

Two flags.

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Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

-to the effect that within two years of their return to office, Canadians would have a distinctive flag.

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Joseph Aimé Roger Parizeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Parizeau:

One for week days and one for Sundays.

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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

As a matter of fact, if the government really wanted to adopt a distinctive national flag, we would have it today, because we are prepared to accept it and committed to give it.

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Louis Fortin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fortin:

Which one?

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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

Mr. Speaker, I do not intend to be partisan on this but in case some members would wish to play politics, one of my colleagues could perhaps read the speech which has been delivered in this house, a few years ago, by the head of this government, Mr. Diefenbaker, when he stated that he was strongly opposed to any flag which did not include the union jack.

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An hon. Member:

When?

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Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

If you want to have that statement put into the record, one of my colleagues could perhaps read it.

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Léonard-David Sweezey Tremblay

Liberal

Mr. Tremblay:

Read it.

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An hon. Member:

Is it about one flag or two flags?

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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets

Liberal

Mr. Deschatelels:

Mr. Speaker, as for the

referendum I am not in favour of proceeding in that way. This is a question which, I believe, is to be decided by the federal government. The government must assume its responsibilities in connection with a question of that kind. We are prepared to do it and I am of the opinion that the referendum would only complicate an already ticklish question.

Mr. Speaker, I state that we are in favour of a distinctive national flag. For us, the question of a flag is no longer a problem; it is not a promise, it is a pledge. We are of the

opinion that it is the responsibility of the government to adopt a flag; if it does not do so, I can assure the house that this question will not offer any difficulty to our party in the future.

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Louis Fortin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fortin:

You have been talking about it long enough.

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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Samuel Boulanger (Drummond-Ariha-baska):

Mr. Speaker-

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Paul Raymond Martineau (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Is the hon. member rising on a point of order?

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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

No, Mr. Speaker, I only wish to say a few words.

I should like to say what I think of a distinctive national flag. This is not the first time I do so, since once again this year I have placed on the order paper a measure respecting the adoption of a distinctive national flag. In fact, this is the fourth time I have introduced such a motion. I merely wish to say now that I support the statement just made by the hon. member for Maisonneuve-Rosemont (Mr. Deschatelets).

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February 14, 1962