April 9, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Alan Cockeram

Progressive Conservative

Mr. COCKERAM:

Then may I suggest that if it is to be used as a model we should make it a model one hundred per cent perfect.
It is evident, Mr. Speaker, that certain sections of this bill are the thin end of the wedge in loosening the ties of empire of which most of us are so proud. In that regard the hon. member for Outremont (Mr. Rinfret), speaking on Friday last, made the following statement as reported on page 591 of Hansard:
In any event I. do not wish my vote to be interpreted as a reaffirmation of the principles enunciated in article 26, because I believe that this theory is antiquated, and if, I might say so, I am myself progressively conservative.
He was referring to the section which says that a "Canadian citizen is a British subject". I wonder if that little warning thrown out by the hon. member for Outremont does not mean that at some time in the future the Secretary of State and his following will see that that section is eradicated for all time.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATUKALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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