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


Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)



This is the oath or affirmation:
I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King George VI, his heirs ancl successors, according to law; and that I will faithfully observe the laws and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.
Is it disgraceful for a man from England to appear alongside a man from the United States, and take that oath or affirmation before a judicial officer? After all, I submit to the government that before any man has a right to vote or to hold office in this country he should be required to take that oath or affirmation of allegiance to our king and our country.
Indeed, it is pointed out to me that members of the privy council have to undergo that "disgrace" before they can assume the duties of their high office-and it is a disgrace which I am sure some hon. members opposite would not mind assuming. Perhaps, in view of the way they are acting, that would not apply to some on the other side.
In her short time as a nation, Canada has had a glorious history, one which has been based upon tolerance between man and man, no matter what his race or religious origin. There has been a feeling of fraternity developed with these peoples from other countries who have come and settled on our lands, and have shown their willingness to be good, faithful, loyal Canadian citizens. We have demonstrated by our past achievements, by our ability to weld into one^ Canadian people the diverse elements of which this great nation is composed, that if we carry on with the programme before us this session, that of laying a broader and firmer foundation for this Canadian nation, Canada will go forward to a future greater than she has yet known.

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