May 30, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Mr. Chairman, I did not use any profane language. I was speaking of theology and, with all due respect, of the old and new testaments. But, sir, I found it was insinuated that after I had spoken I was hiding myself. I have never had reason to do that; this is the first time any member of the house has made such a charge. I thought it was insulting, and that was why I came here, just to tell my hon. friend that he was all wrong in this as in all that he has said since he has been a member of parliament.
Now I come to the point. We are here to discuss a most important matter, a loan of 8750,000,000. The Minister of Finance does not go into churches to say that the doctrine of the Liberal party is a religious doctrine, but the protagonists of social credit dare use churches for propaganda. I blame them severely for that. I think it is a shame and a profanation. When I listen to the bible class of Mr. Aberhart, who speaks in a church
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where truth is supposed to be spoken, and hear him from the pulpit telling people his political policies, I am ashamed for those who do such things. I consider it hypocrisy, and I can say that of Aberhart as I can say it of Her-ridge, who dared to say the same thing in his first speech at Ottawa, because they are all hypocrites. I do not say that of the hon. gentlemen in the far comer opposite, because they are members of this house; but I say that of their leaders, and if my hon. friends had a sense of propriety and of decency they would feel as I do. There is nothing I despise more; there is nothing more contemptuous, than a hypocrite. There is nothing I despise more; there is nothing more contemptuous, than a man who uses the church and the cloak of religion to deceive the people. One man, who was either the secretary or the president of the Social Credit party in the province of Quebec-

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LOAN OF $750,000,000 TO MEET LOANS OR OBLIGATIONS, TO PURCHASE UNMATURED SECURITIES, AND FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND GENERAL PURPOSES
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