February 28, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with the rules of the house and as my right I wish to direct your attention to a speech made by the Minister of National War Services (Mr. LaFleche) on Friday evening. I asked you to get a transcript to see what the record had to say. At page 901 of Hansard the Minister is reported as having said:
' Well, to take the trouble to protect oneself by slipping in the word "alleged" when one has nothing plain in one's heart is not the act of a brave man, and I regret very much to say this, but actions of that kind remind me that it is well in war time to act the man even though one has not chosen to go to meet the enemy. I have no admiration for men who do nothing of which I know to help to win the war, but remain at home, perhaps not willingly yet effectively, to cause trouble in a family which should remain united so that we can do a better job in helping the other united nations in downing our enemies.
I then said:
I rise to a point of order. Is the hon. gentlemen not casting an innuendo with an imputation reflecting upon the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre?
Privilege-Mr. Coldwell

And the minister said:
And the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar.
I particularly wish to draw your attention to the accusation hurled across the floor of this house that we of this party are national socialists. On page 902 of Hansard the minister is reported as having said this:
The same hon. gentleman expressed some fear that this country might some day be governed under nationalist socialism. Well, I wish to give him my assurance in that respect again.
And I interjected: "Nor do I." Then the minister said:
We now have the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar expressing publicly in this house the view, the opinion, that he will never come to power.

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