December 17, 1957 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

David James Walker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Walker:

For all of this, hats off to French Canadians, without exception.
It is time we practised our French today. I will try even harder next time.
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You can therefore appreciate, Mr. Speaker, that we of the English speaking part of this house appreciate perhaps more than anything else in this house the contribution of the French Canadians to keep us on solid ground because never in the history of our dominion have we had a more solid, substantial body of 5 million French Canadians who, through thick and thin, through good weather and bad, have always wholeheartedly maintained their faith in the one Supreme Being and their hatred and detestation of communism. All of us appreciate that.
We know that communism, in its inceptions, and because of what it propagates and because of its very godlessness, is a hideous monster. It is a demon from hell incarnate. It is a blasphemer of God. It is the destroyer of millions in the image of God. By whom and for what purpose? By nations crazed with the lust for things material and with no thought of things spiritual. Have we not recently but staggeringly emerged from two of the most stupendous, blind and furious struggles ever known to the ages, to be met, when it is all over, by this communist threat which we are glad to see in this our dominion has faded out. It will continue to fade out, so long as hon. members of this house, of which the hon. member opposite me is a distinguished member, can guide the destiny of our dominion in such a way-above party, above race, above partisanship, above "isms" of every kind-so that we can keep this country prosperous, so that we can keep this country what Sir John Macdonald planned it should be, namely the country of the twentieth century where peace, happiness, bounty and goodwill are predominant. That is the best way in which to abolish the threat of communism.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, to bring this discussion down to the practical level, may I

say that the section of the Criminal Code, which I need not read to hon. members of this house-they are no doubt conversant with it-namely section 60 covers, I submit with great respect, every possible contingency which might be raised by the threat of communism. To my mind, speaking as a lawyer and speaking also as the parliamentary assistant to my distinguished friend and colleague the Minister of Justice, it is my respectful submission that there is at the present time no need for legislation such as this because section 60 of the Criminal Code covers every possible situation. But nevertheless if I am wrong in this submission, I am willing to be convinced. If my hon. friend, through his eloquence and that of his supporters, can convince me otherwise, then I am willing to be convinced that there should be an amendment. But let us all think well before we stir up and give fresh life and fresh hope to what is at present a very dormant cause.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
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