May 3, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)


Pierre Gauthier


Mr. Gauthier (Portneuf):

It is a good newspaper, and I would say the same of the Globe and Mail. The heading is "Better than spy in F.B.I. is N.Y. trial to Russians," and the article goes on:
With no more effort than it takes to sit in court and listen, the Russians are learning these days about how the federal bureau of investigation hunts spies-Russian or otherwise.
What use do the G-men make of wire-tapping?
What sort of secret records does the F.B.I. keep on spy suspects?
How much does the F.B.I. know about the activities of known or suspected soviet agents in the United States?
Then it continues:
Miss Coplon, a former justice department employee, and Gubitchev, a soviet engineer, formerly employed by the United Nations, are accused of conspiring here to transmit U.S. secrets to Russia.
Yesterday, for example, extracts from thirty-four F.B.I. data slips figured in the evidence. These
were supposed to be secret. Miss Coplon is accused of copying them without permission. They never reached the Russians-but the Russians know about them now. They are in the record.
That happened just because those conducting the inquiry were seeking too much information from the F.B.I. That is what we may do when we ask the Minister of National Defence to divulge too much information in the house; we may give very good weapons to those who are trying to destroy us.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I believe the best way to fight communism is to follow, to believe and to live up to the words uttered by the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent); to lead our own Christian lives and live by our own moral standards; to try to keep those standards up and not bring them down. If we must fight them, let us do so with belief in God. I think that is the only way, not with too-radical measures. Let us put our credo right in the face of the communist credo, and I am sure at last we will win the war.

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