March 2, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Arthur Graeme Slaght

Liberal

Mr. A. G. SLAGHT (Parry Sound):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I desire to direct the attention of this house to an address purporting to have been delivered last evening in this capital city by a man named W. D. Herridge, and published in a newspaper known as the Ottawa Citizen, a paper to whose subversive activities it was necessary for this house to refer yesterday. I shall explain in a moment my question of privilege. Let me say, sir, that it affects the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) and his entire group, the Prime Minister of Can-' ada (Mr. Mackenzie King) and our entire group, the leaders of the other two groups opposite, and every one of the 245 members of the House of Commons.
This newspaper contains what purports to be a verbatim report of the speech, and among other things this gentleman said this:
The first thing that Canadians have to do is to give their country a free parliament. Because to-day the parliament of Canada is not free to serve the people.
The second vile slur he cast upon this parliament and every member thereof is contained in this language:
You must choose between the old parties and democracy. If the old parties are left in control of parliament, I believe they will unite. After the next election, or perhaps before-
That affects the members of this house.
-the Liberal and Conservative parties will become one party. Its government, in name, will be a national government. In fact, it will be a fascist government.
Those are ugly words in Canada to-day. Lest there should be any doubt as to his charge of conspiracy-

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. SLAGHT ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. W. D. HERRIDGE IN OTTAWA ON MARCH 1
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