March 19, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Scottie Bryce

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. William Bryce (Selkirk):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On Friday the 16th the member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) read into the record an editorial appearing in a Montreal newspaper. As will be seen from the quotation on page 2247 of Hansard of that date a part of the editorial stated, "Gaelic is a foreign language in Canada".
As a Scotsman whose mother tongue is Gaelic I resent any newspaper in this country making that kind of statement. The history of this country will show, from Cape Breton island on the east coast to the far-flung coast line of British Columbia, that Scotsmen pioneered in the settlement of this country. In western Canada, for example, had it not been for the Selkirk settlers with such names as Sutherland, Matheson, Gunn and McLeod, the development of western Canada would have been greatly hampered in the progress that was made in that part of this great country. I trust that no newspaper in the future will be so ill advised as to make the kind of statement that compels me to get on my feet today and protest.

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