June 14, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)


Jean-François Pouliot


Mr. Jean Francois Pouliol (Temiscouala):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. I am indifferent to the praise or slurs of the press, but there are times when a member of parliament must rise to protest against false insinuations. I would not have paid much attention to an article appearing on the editorial page of the Winnipeg Free Press of May 9 had it not been reproduced by the Free Press Weekly of Winnipeg, the Moncton Daily Times, the Fort William Daily Times Journal and the Woodstock, Ontario, Daily Sentinel Review.
The article to which I refer is entitled "Isolationist". It was written by one of those bloated and narrow-minded colonials who have an inferiority complex with regard to imperialism, and who try to forget it by going to the other extreme and trying to have the superiority complex of internationally-minded people.
In the editorial they describe me as being "highly intelligent". This is not a compliment, because when a man is intelligent it means only that he is normal. I remember saying that one day about the Postmaster General (Mr. Rinfret), and everyone applauded. I said it was no compliment to his illustrious predecessor.
But, sir, I come to the issue:
Mr. Pouliot is a highly intelligent man, but his instinctive isolationism often warps his judgment.
In the latest edition of Funk and Wagnalls dictionary, published in 1949, I find this definition:
One who advocates an isolated condition, especially of a nation or country, as regards alliances and relations with others.
This is not my case. But I believe in the sovereignty of Canada, and I do not believe that we should be under control of any so-called great nation. That is why the
Atlantic pact is much superior to the United Nations organization. I remember, sir-

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