February 1, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)


Louis-Prudent-Alexandre Robichaud

Mr. ROBICIIAUD (Gloucester) (Translation) :

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a few
comments upon the subject matter, at present under consideration, in the language understood by all the members of this House; however, before broaching the subject, may I be allowed to offer you, in our mother tongue, the expression of my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of your re-election to the Speakership of the Canadian parliament. In the discharge of your duties, in the course of the last parliament-duties in the discharge of which the spirit of fairness, the dignity and sense of duty of the public man are constantly tasked to the extreme-

The Address-Mr. Robichaud
you have the more strengthened yourself, Mr. Speaker, in the confidence, the esteem and even the affection of all Canadians. I feel certain that especially your Acadian friends of Gaspe, who are also mine, and who for ever so long have placed their faith in you, a faith both revered and unshaken, are proud of their eminent representative.
I must also give full vent to my thoughts and follow the traditions of this House in expressing my highest appreciation for the able and loyal manner in which the mover and seconder fulfilled their respective tasks. The mover, with the force of conviction and trusted fairness which characterize the people of Anglo-Saxon stock in the beautiful province of Ontario, has certainly done justice to 'both the traditions and soundness of the political party to which he has lent allegiance, while upholding energetically the common and indisputable rights of the whole nation. The seconder of the Address, a worthy offspring of the Franco-Latin race, in America, by uniting to a perfect diction an eloquence both persuasive and fascinating, showed us to >
a greater extent what the beautiful province of Quebec has in store for us in respect to public men of the first order. These two hon. members, Mr. Speaker, are valuable recruits to the parliamentary life of Canada, and we cannot too strongly urge them, at the outset of their career, to take strong resolutions of perseverance, zeal and activity, resolutions which, I have no doubt, would assure to the country the advantage of the great knowledge they have given us proof of.
A great deal, Mr. Speaker, has been told the House about the campaign methods of the two main parties in various sections of the country during the recent general election. From what I saw of the Tory campaign in my own constituency, I have come to the conclusion that it was one of underground, rubber-gloved manoeuvres in an attempt to undermine the electorate by the most unscrupulous agencies. Those agencies were active throughout the whole province Of New Brunswick. Money was flowing so freely that at one time I wondered if I would be submerged and if the time-honoured reputation of my constituency as a Liberal stronghold would be destroyed by my opponents. I am sure, Mr. Speaker, that so far as my electors are concerned, my hon. friends opposite have been served with a most emphatic notice that they will not allow themselves to be misled by these campaign expedients. Three attempts have been made during the past twelve months, and three times my hon, friends opposite have been 14011-39
taught the lesson that the intelligent electors of Gloucester would not allow themselves to be caught by Conservative expedients. I need not tell the hon. member for Kent N.B. (Mr. Doucet) what sort of campaign was witnessed the opening of last year in the constituency of Gloucester. He knows all about it; he was almost in full charge of the war chariot in the first attack against that Liberal fortress. I leave it to my hon. friend to judge for himself if this was not a campaign of prejudice, and everything of that kind.

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