May 10, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Joseph Miville Dechene


Mr. J. M. DEOHENE (Athabaska):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I know, sir, that at times you have granted the privilege to some other members on matters similar to that which I wish to bring up, and I am sure that hon. members will bear with me, especially in view of the fact that it is noncontentious.
Tlie matter I wish to bring to the attention of the house, and of the people as well, carries a lesson which I hope we shall all take to heart. Last Saturday, sir, in the city of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, the Edmonton Flyers, representing the great city of Edmonton, won the senior championship in hockey, our national game, with the result that the Allan cup now rests in Edmonton. The lesson I wish to convey is this. Forty years ago, which is a long time in anyone's life, the young and ambitious city of Edmonton challenged for the Stanley cup and went to Montreal to play the Wanderers-and, by the way, they lost only by a goal or two.
The president of the Edmonton club in that year was none other than the genial member for Edmonton West (Mr. MacKinnon), who is still with us and has been a member of the cabinet for many years.
Only one more minute of your time do I wish to take up, Mr. Speaker. When we hear so much about things being "fixed," when there is so much suspicion cast around, I think it is well for our young people to learn the lesson of this game in Calgary on Saturday night. Two great teams faced each other when the series stood at three for Edmonton Flyers and one for Ottawa Senators. If Ottawa had won that game it would have meant that the teams would leave for Edmonton, where the largest gate in the history of Edmonton in a hockey game would have been assured, carrying a revenue of some $25,000. I heard the opinion expressed on the street that the Flyers would lose so that they would go back to Edmonton to play. Sir, they did not lose. They won the game in the last few minutes, putting everything they had into it. The club and the
players lost $25,000, but they proved to the people of Canada that integrity, honesty and honour still exist in this country, and that they cannot be bought.

Full View