March 2, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)

BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

I have here section 93 of our constitution, of the B.N.A. Act. Our interpretation of it is based on the statement made by Lord Carnarvon on February 22, 1867. This is what he said1 in the British parliament:
The purpose of this section (93) has been to provide all minorities, whether in esse or in posse and irrespective of their creed, with status of absolute equality. Thus the Protestant minority of Lower Canada and the Catholic minority of the Maritimes will be on an equal footing.
Mr. Speaker, that is how French Canadians in Quebec have interpreted the British North America Act, and we feel we have treated the Protestant minority of Quebec not only with fairness and loyalty, but with generosity. We have formed a Protestant school committee entrusted with the full organization and supervision of their curricula, as well as the complete administration of their generous share of funds. To my knowledge, the Englishspeaking Protestant minority of Quebec has never complained in that connection.

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