June 26, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)


J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dufresne:

Mr. Speaker, when I raised the matter in the house, the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) only replied that Mr. Jean-Louis Gagnon was well known to the Canadian people and that he did not need the help of the Prime Minister to defend himself. Neither the Prime Minister nor any member of his party have ever denounced the fiery remarks made by the chief publicist of the Liberal party and editor of the official publication of the Liberal party in the province of Quebec, the newspaper La Reforme, which has never reformed anything, as you know.
On the contrary, in the last electoral campaign, the Liberal leader in the province of Quebec tried to defend him, and all the ministers and federal members did not fear to associate themselves closely with a man who once stated-and I have here the remarks made by Jean-Louis Gagnon, editor in chief of the Liberal newspaper La Reforme in the province of Quebec and lately chief publicist of the Liberal party of the province of Quebec:
"Bourgeois" are like pigs, and I am beginning to understand Lenin.
Lenin has never been the leader of a democratic party. Mr. Gagnon adds:
Gambetta is going right to my head. It will work out all right, and we will kill all the priests.
Mr. Speaker, I have here official documents which cannot be denied and which confirm what I say.
A Canadian political party which acts that way no longer deserves the confidence of the people, and it should have the courage of having its policies supported or condemned by requesting, as soon as possible, a new mandate.
If, as we have heard many times from the other side of the house, the majority must have its way in a democracy, it seems to me that a substantial part of the electorate has given an unequivocal verdict on June 18 and 20 last, a verdict which, in my opinion, should be heeded.
In order to avoid abuses and unworthy alliances, I once more urge the outlawing of communism in Canada. Let us put aside once and for all the interests of a political
Request for Election and Senate Reform party. Let us be sincere with the Canadian people and let us put an end to the dangerous progress of the enemies of democracy.
In 1953, Mr. Speaker, a majority of Canadians put their confidence in the man who is now called the Prime Minister of Canada and entrusted him with the administration of this country. There is no question about asking him to act as a dictator since he surrounds himself with collaborators. He must however be the real leader of the government and not the servant of his cabinet ministers, especially the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe).
At this stage, even those who sit in this house are asking themselves who is the leader of the government. How then can we wonder if the people do not know who he is?
For these few reasons and many others, we urge the government to have enough courage to face the people as soon as possible. The people are looking forward to this opportunity to break the shackles tying them to a party which has shamefully failed to discharge its responsibilities and no longer deserves their confidence.
The Canadian electors want to rid themselves of those who, like chameleons, change their colour according to the conditions and the needs of their political party.
The people want real statesmen, conscious of their responsibilities and capable of sacrificing the interest of their party to save the threatened Canadian nation.
Mr. Speaker, I shall vote with enthusiasm in favour of the non-confidence motion introduced yesterday in this house by the hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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