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


Alan Cockeram

Progressive Conservative


But there is an opening to take it out. Further on in his speech the hon. member for Outremont said at page 595 of Hansard:

The descendants of these Canadians of 1760 -they total some 3,500,000 to-day-are scattered all over Canada. They have remained truly Canadians and, to this day, they still are and feel Canadians. They could have returned to France had they so desired, but they preferred staying here, because they had no other country, no other home than that of America. These Canadians in 1946 figure that they, or at least their ancestors, have made a positive act of Canadianism, and they fail to see how and when the British subjects of English descent residing in Canada have done the same.
What a ridiculous statement that those of British descent residing in Canada have made no positive act of Canadianism! I would point out to the hon. member that no group in this country have been greater Canadians than those who, in the three wars which have taken place since the turn of the century, have been willing to leave this country to fight its battles and to give their blood, and if necessary their lives, for the cause of Canada. It is a well known fact that these forces have been comprised in the main of Canadians other than French-Canadians. When we are talking about being Canadians, wre should compare those who are willing to fight the battles of their country with those who have displayed reluctance to do so.
I wish to speak for a few moments about the naturalization courts. The minister, as a lawyer in the city of Windsor, has had some experience of these courts. I ask him, if he were a British subject coming from some other part of the empire, would he like to stand in line and await his turn, possibly for months on end, when he knows that the whole time he is a British subject and that becoming a Canadian is a matter of formality only.

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