May 7, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal


My hon. friend says
that he would circumscribe the French language to the province of Quebec. Half the words of the English language are French words. I can take the last issue of the Orange Sentinel and show him that fifty per cent of the words which appear in that paper are of purely French extraction. The English language is partly French and partly 'Saxon. By the way, I stand for British, not for Saxon ideals. His Majesty the King has adopted the expression " House of Windsor," instead of " House of Hanover "-and I, following the example of my King, will stand for British, not for Saxon ideals. The attitude of my hon. friend and his compeers of the Orange Order with regard to the French language is ungenerous and unBritish; they should at least during this war respect the language of Joffre and of Foch.
My hon. friend read to the House the guiding principles of the Orange Order. These aims as he read them are not in question. Wh'at I object to is the wrong use made of these principles and aims., so lofty when they are read. What I object to is that the Orange Order should' import into this country the bickerings, the contentions, the miseries which have desolated old Ireland for so many centuries. Lessons of loyalty from the Orange Order? Do we not know contemporary history? When the King, Bords and Cbmmons of England had passed an Act of Parliament in the old British fashion, by the majority of the elect of the people, what did Sir Edward Carson, the leader of the Ulster party, do? Did he not promote a rebellion in Ulster, at a time when the Germans were planning the great war which broke out a few weeks afterwards? No lessons of loyalty from the Orange Order for me. My hon. friend has given us some advice; let him accept some from me.' Let me suggest to him not to make of the Pope of Rome the bogey that he is making of him every week in his paper.. He should remember that in 1914, for the first time since the Reformation, a British ambassador was sent to the Vatican, and if His Majesty George V is wise enough to have an ambassador at the . Vatican, to confer at times with the Pope of Rome, surely my hon.. friend, as a *superloyal British subject, will refrain from those innuendoes against the personality of the Pope of Rome. He should also remember that one of the leading Protestants of the Nineteenth Century, speaking of the Roman

Catholic Church, said that no one could deny that at least it was a great school of respect. My hon. friend, for reasons of his own, perhaps in order to avoid discussing the income tax, brought in the Jesuit Estates Act. II shall not relate the history of the Jesuits' on the continent of America. If I had to offer a prize to my hon. friend, my sweet revenge would 'be to send him Parkman's History of the Jesuits on the North American Continent. He would learn there that the' Jesuits were the pioneers, of America; that not a hill, not a mountain, not a lake; not a river, was discovered without the presence oi the (black rolbe. At Washington, in the Capitol, under the dome -the Tories being in office trucking and *trading with the Yankees, my hon. friend may now go there-would find that an overwhelming Protestant American majority have erected a monument to the memory of Father Marquette. In spite of my hon. friend-perhaps because of him, as some day there will be a reaction-1 do not despair of seeing, under the roof of the legislature at Toronto a monument to the memory of the Jesuit martyrs, Fathers Lallemand and Breboeuf, who evangelized the province of Ontario before going to their martyrdom in the state of New York. Perhaps such a monument would be an object lesson for the descendants of any hon. friend.
iMy hon, friend knows that, under the French domination,, the Jesuits' received from the King of France certain estates.-My hon. friend knows equally that the Order was dissolved by the Pope of Rome. Then the cession of Canada to Great Britain took place-because we were never conquered', we -were ceded.

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