Mr. Auguste Choquette (Lotbiniere):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege, as a result of a speech delivered in Toronto by the hon. member for Port Arthur (Mr. Fisher), in which he said that the province of Quebec was the greatest obstacle to a comprehensive vision and a common effort in federal politics. He said:
The Quebec members of parliament tend to stand aloof from their colleagues speaking the other language and to consider their provincial capital as the real seat of power in Canada.
Such statements, Mr. Speaker, are unfair and unfortunate and cannot but deeply annoy the Quebec members in this house.
The main political concern of every Canadian citizen should be the greatness and prestige of Canada.
Quebec members are Canadians and are prompted by that national political ideal. Of course, they refuse to be assimilated because they are prompted by a true national ideal, which is based on their will to spread the influence of the French fact throughout Canada.
We categorically reject the statements made by the hon. member for Port Arthur and we declare that, contrary to the ideology preached by the Liberal federation of Quebec and its officers, the main political expression of French Canada is the Quebec members sitting in the House of Commons who wish to contribute to the greatness of their country, of which they are proud.
Subtopic: MR. CHOQUETTE-REPORTED SPEECH BY MEMBER FOR PORT ARTHUR