PAUL, Rémi, Q.C., B.A., LL.L.

Personal Data

Berthier--Maskinongé--delanaudière (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 10, 1921
Deceased Date
December 20, 1982

Parliamentary Career

March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
  Berthier--Maskinongé--delanaudière (Quebec)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
  Berthier--Maskinongé--delanaudière (Quebec)
  • Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (September 27, 1962 - February 6, 1963)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
  Berthier--Maskinongé--delanaudière (Quebec)
February 18, 1965 - September 8, 1965
  Berthier--Maskinongé--delanaudière (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 155 of 155)

May 22, 1958

Mr. Paul:

Could the hon. member explain, while he is at it, the reasons of the Liberal party's defeat in the other areas of Canada?

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May 20, 1958

Mr. Paul:

Autonomy? If you will allow me, I will deal with that in a few moments and it will then be a pleasure for me to answer my hon. friend. I hope that he might get to understand it as we do in our province.

Autonomy is a matter of the deepest interest to members of the opposition. I believe that this matter of autonomy would be a perfectly chosen ground for those who would like to encourage the poor Liberal provincial opposition, now faced with the crucial problem, that of choosing itself a leader on May 31 next.

That is why, Mr. Speaker, I appeal to the Minister of Public Works, I appeal for his financial support so that municipal and school authorities can obtain the money which would allow them to face and solve their problems. I would like also to suggest to the minister that it is time for the government to pay real estate tax to municipalities, just as every other taxpayer does. This contribution to the needs of school and municipal administration might make it possible for these corporations to obtain revenue and to lighten the load for their own taxpayers.

At the very beginning of the session, while I was still somewhat impressed by the grandeur of the ceremonies that were going on,

I heard the voice of experience, that of the hon. member for Laurier (Mr. Chevrier), who said, and I quote from the English translation of his speech as recorded on page 54 of Hansard:

I have stated before and keep on stating that there are deep doctrinal differences between the Conservatives of the province of Quebec and those of the rest of Canada. Indeed there are in the house at this time many Conservative members from Quebec who, up to now, have spent their political career waging war against the federal government-

The Address-Mr. Paul

And in the following paragraph, we read:

One of the most interesting aspects of the last federal elections is the fact that from now on these self-styled nationalist Conservatives from Quebec will have to share the responsibilities of power with the Conservatives of the other provinces and either accept the government's policy or break with their own party.

Well, Mr. Speaker, if there is one group of people truly in a position to understand the real aspirations of the people of Quebec, it is indeed ourselves, the members from that province, who were born there and who have lived there.

The hon. member for Laurier should not be surprised at the attitude the Conservatives are going to take in the present parliament. Quebec Conservatives have never been against the federal government. Quebec Conservatives have stood against the centralization efforts of the federal Liberal party, and their position has always been consistent with the aspirations and needs, as well as the mentality of our electors. The hon. member for Laurier can rest assured that the province of Quebec trusts in the future and that may be the main reason for the sweeping defeat experienced by the Liberal party in my province at the last election.

I stated from the start that while in 1957 the province of Quebec voted in accordance with a parochial mentality, this year it was part of the tide that swept across the country and gave its confidence to the government so brilliantly led by the Prime Minister. If the province of Quebec sent 50 of us to this house, it is because it felt certain that the present government was able to act in accordance with the provisions of the constitutional act of 1867 which gave the provinces the right of direct taxation, and the federal government the right of indirect taxation.

I cannot agree with my hon. friend from St. Jean-Iberville-Napierville (Mr. Dupuis) who said that we, in the province of Quebec, have always been against the equalization system. On the contrary, we have always felt a keen desire to see the rights of all and everyone respected as we, ourselves, in the province of Quebec, take pride in respecting the rights of minorities and of everyone around us.

The Prime Minister said in this house on November 19, 1957 that the provinces would be stating their views to the central administration, and that the central government would not impose its terms to the provinces. There, Mr. Speaker, is the explanation of the vote given in my province during the last federal election.

We are not against federalism. Our attitude will always be in conformity with that of the government, because our leader, as he has already stated and shown by his actions, intends to respect the constitutional rights guaranteed to every province. That is why, at the elections of March 31 last, the Canadian people found in our government so brilliantly led by the Prime Minister a government capable of giving each and everyone its fair share.

I noticed that my hon. friends opposite were a little surprised, bewildered, disorganized and disheartened by having to sit on the opposition side; I heard them trying to explain to the house their poor showing in the province of Quebec in the last election. They would like people to believe that those who were elected on the Conservative ticket were the instruments, the favourites, the wards of the Union Nationale government. However, the Liberal party did not fare any better in the other provinces since it could not salvage a single seat in all the western provinces. Thus, this situation is not peculiar to the province of Quebec.

It is unfortunate that some members from my province do try to disparage our administration. This is not the place for provincial politics. We are in the House of Commons and our first duty is to deal with federal politics and not to try, in this house, to alleviate the setbacks suffered in the provincial field. We are, here, in the national living-room and it is imperative that we should share in fashioning the heart and soul of our nation. We must not sacrifice three centuries of our history on the altar of popular prejudices; we have no right to discredit those who bear the same names as we do, since we are not French Canadians nor English Canadians but simply Canadians. It is the solemn duty of each and everyone of us, in our respective constituencies from the Atlantic to the Pacific, to be Canadians. Why? Because it is through the understanding between two different races, between different mentalities, different origins, different aspirations, different achievements and different languages that we shall build a great country where life will be worth living. When we answer to our electors for our mandate they will say that we have efficiently contributed to national unity. We shall have the satisfaction of having contributed to the greatness of our country. And, tomorrow when we are gone, those who come after us will have the satisfaction of seeing an ever richer harvest waving over our graves. Why? Because our country will continue its forward march towards progress, prosperity and national unity. Thank you.

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May 20, 1958

Mr. Remi Paul (Berlhier-Maskinonge-Dela-naudiere):

Mr. Speaker, sincere and deepest gratitude impels me to say to the electors of Berthier-Maskinonge-Delanaudiere how thankful I am to them for the confidence they showed me at the election of March 31st last. They can be sure that I will devote all my energy on their behalf so that, as all the other citizens of Canada, they may enjoy the blessings of a sound Conservative administration.

Honour to whom honour is due; I interpret, here, Mr. Speaker, the feelings of my electors in congratulating you for the mark of unanimous confidence given you by this house

The Address-Mr. Paul when you were again elected as its Speaker. No doubt your experience will permit you to direct proceedings of this house even more efficiently. No doubt, in your paternal kindness, you will forgive us the few mistakes which new members like myself are bound to make.

I extend my most sincere congratulations to the hon. members for Longueuil (Mr. Sevigny) and Spadina (Mr. Rea) who have been chosen respectively Deputy Speaker and deputy chairman of committees of the whole.

The hon. members for Lotbiniere (Mr. O'Hurley) and for Labelle (Mr. Courtemanche) have been entrusted with portfolios and we know, there again, that their experience, their devotion to duty and their sense of responsibility will help the government in its efforts to solve the serious problems which now face all Canadian taxpayers.

When we read in the newspapers that the mover of the address in reply to the speech from the throne would be the hon. member for Quebec-Montmorency (Mr. Lafreniere), the electors of Berthier-Maskinonge-Delanau-diere felt deeply honoured, since the hon. member is an excellent citizen of the parish of Maskinonge; and those who had placed their legitimate hopes in him were rewarded by the tact and the eloquence with which he has delivered his speech.

The hon. member for Yukon (Mr. Nielsen) also deserves congratulations for affording us the opportunity of getting to know a part of our country about which we had been unfamiliar, and he has also helped us gain a better insight into the great projects which the government is contemplating for that area of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, other hon. members have referred to a problem which I have much at heart, as a representative of an industrious working class. I should like to touch briefly upon the textile and knitting industries.

The hon. member for Sherbrooke (Mr. Allard), the hon. member for Joliette-L'As-somption-Montcalm (Mr. Pigeon) as well as several other members referred to the textile problem. You will permit me to associate with this problem that of the knitting industry which I consider equal in importance to the cotton industry, to the wool industry and to the dressmaking industry. In the constituency of Berthier-Maskinonge-Delanau-diere, there are 5,000 workers, men and women, who earn their living in those plants. It is unfortunate that the hon. member for Drum-mond-Arthabaska (Mr. Boulanger) whom we heard yesterday, blamed the Conservative party for this recession in the textile industry and knitting mills. On the contrary, Mr. HOUSE OF COMMONS

The Address-Mr. Paul Speaker, this situation has prevailed in our province and in the province of Ontario since 1953, as well as in the riding of Berthier-Maskinonge-Delanaudiere, and, more particularly at Louiseville and St. Gabriel of Brandon where staff reduction was 18 per cent from 1953 to December, 1956. When quoting these figures yesterday, the hon. member for Drum-mond-Arthabaska was not fair to this government, because our workers at home are confident that Conservative policy will solve the problem now obtaining in the textile industry and in the knitting mills, in order to give the men and women in those plants greater prosperity and a little more work.

I know that the problem deserves attention and I am sure that the hon. ministers of trade and commerce and of finance (Mr. Churchill and Mr. Fleming) will seek an early solution taking into account, however, the difficulties of free trade with some countries like China, Japan, the United States and India.

It is a mistake to hold the Conservative party responsible for this situation in the textile industry when it is well known that, from 1935 until last year, the Liberal party was in power and did absolutely nothing to stop that depression which could be seen coming. Furthermore, for years goods prefabricated at a lower cost than that which our manufacturers have to pay on the market to sell their products before processing were allowed to come into Canada.

I know that the right hon. Prime Minister last fall asked the tariff board to review, if possible, the matter of custom tariffs so that this essential industry, the second largest in the province of Quebec, can recover the confidence it lost as a result of the Liberal party's inertia, lack of vision and of sound management.

Another matter with which I wish to deal very briefly has to do with agriculture. I deem it a duty to thank the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Harkness) as well as the members of the 23rd parliament who enacted the Agricultural Prices Stabilization Act. Why? Because through this legislation, the Canadian people, particularly the agricultural community, is in a position to enjoy an expansion and a prosperity such as they never knew under a Liberal administration. If farmers are now somewhat more prosperous, it is due to the sound administration of the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister seconded by the cabinet and particularly, in matters of agriculture, by the Minister of Agriculture.

A moment ago, the hon. member for St. Jean-Iberville-Napierville (Mr. Dupuis) asked

whether the Conservative party had ever enacted a truly social measure to help our farmers. I don't know that any finer legislation has ever been passed to help solve the problems of agriculture, not only in western Canada, but in the whole of this country, particularly to protect the farmers of eastern Canada. Hon. members of the opposition are a bit confused. They wonder why it is that they, who held power for 22 years, should now have to go through the cold region of opposition to refresh their memory and remember that they allowed themselves to drift away from the people, that they mocked the people and refused to give the people what it had the right to expect from them. They now attempt to make provincial politics here in the House of Commons; they seek to blame the premier of the province of Quebec for the failure of the provincial Liberal party. Well, the fact of the matter is that the federal Liberal party in the province of Quebec always sought to monopolize power through sentimentality, and succeeded in doing so, especially in 1949. Last March, the people recognized that the Conservative party was blessed with an innate sense of administration. The same thing happened in June, 1957, and today it is the federal Liberal party which has to sit in opposition. We who have been elected are pleased to encourage this opposition party so that it can fulfil its role bravely for a great many years to come.

Steps have already been taken to support agricultural prices. I would ask the Minister of Agriculture to carry out the necessary investigations so that certain agricultural products, which can be found in abundance in my own constituency, may be protected by a support price in order that those who carry out certain types of farming may henceforth obtain the return they deserve. I refer at this time to tobacco and potato farming.

No doubt the hon. member for Beauce (Mr. Racine) who mentioned yesterday the cancellation of subsidies for the purchase of aluminum buckets for the maple sugar industry, had forgotten that this happened in 1954 while the Liberals were in power.

Mr. Speaker, I take this opportunity of asking the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Harkness) to set, if possible, a base price on maple products so that the maple industry, whose importance cannot be questioned and which enjoys a certain degree of prosperity may bring to the producers higher returns than it does now.

In addition, the Department of Agriculture might perhaps at some time consider the advisability of subsidizing the agricultural community in order to facilitate the purchase of fertilizers.

I believe, Mr. Speaker, that it is necessary to amend the Farm Loans Act. It has been said about this act, and rightly so, that no loans are made under it. The members of the opposition have enacted that legislation without taking into account the needs of the farmers and the economic situation of our country. Well, it is to be hoped that this government, and particularly the Minister of Agriculture, will see to it that the interest rate on loans is lowered and the terms for obtaining these loans eased as far as possible, so that the farmers may benefit from this legislation and our agricultural class throughout the country may survive.

It was stated in the speech from the throne that we shall be called upon to consider legislation to check the plague of unemployment, that unfortunate legacy left to the Conservatives by the Liberals on the morrow of their defeat of June 10. May I be allowed, in the name of the workers in my riding, to thank the government, and more particularly the Minister of Labour (Mr. Starr), for having kindly considered their position when amending the Unemployment Insurance Act, and extending the additional benefit period by another six weeks. There is no doubt that this social security legislation would give our workmen not only enough money to meet the difficulties with which they have to cope, but also some hope of a better and more prosperous future.

Yesterday, I listened to the hon. member for Hull (Mr. Caron), in a splendid outbreak of oratory, request grants for his constituency. The situation which he described must have grown overnight like a toadstool since, before the present government took power, those problems did not exist, the municipalities were not in need, needed no grants, could do without federal help. That, at least, is what the hon. member for Hull would have had us understand yesterday. He asked for an interprovincial bridge for his constituency. I congratulate him on that score and I hope that the chilly atmosphere of opposition will help him understand that he, and other members of the Liberal opposition, have possibly not worked in the best interest of those they represent in the 22 years their party was in power.

The problems facing the municipalities are not new and the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Green) will no doubt allow me to remind him of the urgent needs of my home

The Address-Mr. Paul town of Louiseville as well as those of Berthierville, of St. Gabriel de Brandon and of many other municipalities of my fine constituency, which are faced with the necessity of building sewers, waterworks and public buildings. I am convinced that the hon. Minister of Public Works will see that works of this description will be carried out not only to relieve unemployment but to help municipalities out of their present difficulties. Why? Because they have not always been treated as they should have been, especially by the Liberal party which was in power far too long.

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May 20, 1958

Mr. Paul:


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