Paul-Léon DUBÉ

DUBÉ, Paul-Léon

Personal Data

Independent Liberal
Restigouche--Madawaska (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
April 27, 1892
Deceased Date
June 6, 1969
locomotive engineer

Parliamentary Career

October 24, 1949 - June 13, 1953
  Restigouche--Madawaska (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 5)

March 10, 1953

Mr. P. L. Dube (Resiigouche-Madawaska):

Mr. Speaker, at the beginning of my remarks it gives me great pleasure to draw the attention of the house to a very important event. On February 17, the city of Edmundston saw one of its ancient traditions disappear, as a result of the inauguration of a mail delivery service by letter carriers. Through my humble efforts and the great kindness of the Postmaster General (Mr. Cote), whom I wish to thank very sincerely, New Brunswick's fourth largest city now has a door-to-door mail service. An official ceremony was held, in extremely cold weather, to mark this further step in the city of Edmundston's progress.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the citizens of Edmundston and in my own name, I wish to thank the Postmaster General for having given us this modern mail service, which meets with everyone's approval and for having sent his parliamentary assistant, the hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Langlois), to represent him in Edmundston. I want to say to the hon. member for Gaspe that we have a very pleasant recollection of his stay among us. I also wish to offer my sincere thanks to the Minister of Labour (Mr. Gregg) for having

honoured us with his presence, in spite of his numerous occupations. I hope they all came back delighted with the reception offered to them in the "republic" of Mada-waska.

It is a pleasure for me to thank the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott) who, although he has not succeeded in satisfying everybody, has met expectations and made some people happy. Heads of families with children of school age will be greatly relieved by the $400 exemption, which was previously limited to children under 21 and is now extended to any university student, without any age limit. This will greatly encourage university studies and will do justice to a great many heads of families in Canada, and more particularly in my constituency.

The removal of licence fees on radio receiving sets is one of the measures which will be most appreciated by the people of this country.

I do not propose to speak about the budget any longer, since I would have to repeat what other members have already said.

I take this opportunity, Mr. Speaker, to point out that the constituency of Restigouche-Madawaska has been a little too neglected in the past. Since I have been elected to parliament I have constantly attempted to look after the interests and the welfare of my constituents, without concerning myself with the lack of co-operation on the part of a small group of my fellow citizens, even though I have obtained a large majority of the votes in my constituency. Knowing my duty, I have never ceased to request most vigorously, from the various departments involved, those essential public works most urgently required by my constituency, such as a bridge over the Restigouche river between Campbell-ton, New Brunswick, and Cross Point, Quebec; retaining walls on the Restigouche river at Baker Brook, so as to prevent erosion and to protect the farms which are situated there; repairs to the wharves at Campbellton, Dal-housie, Benjamin River and on Heron island.

I have also asked the Minister of Public Works to build, next spring if possible, a customs house at St. Leonard and at Clair. I have asked him also to build a freight shed and a railway station in Edmundston. 1 have requested an increase in family allowances and in old age pensions, as well as a more adequate pension for retired employees of the C.N.R.

In spite of all this, a small group would have liked me to do in 3J years what, through neglect, has never been done in more than 25

years. This small group is concerned about the stand I am taking here in Ottawa. I am pleased, therefore, to tell my friends, Mr. Speaker-in order to help them remember the past a little-that since my election to the Edmundston school board, I have always stood firm in my convictions and have never failed in my duty. The events which have occurred since I have been elected to the school board have never affected me.

I can say without fear that I have always done my duty by working in the interest of the taxpayers, the children, the teachers and by striving to treat everyone fairly. As a reward, that little group, craving for power, asked me in 1952 to resign as chairman of the school board. I refused to submit to their request and, in July of the same year, I was re-elected by acclamation as chairman of the Edmundston school board for another three-year term.

From the day 1 became the humble representative of Restigouche-Madawaska, I have followed the same policy here in Ottawa that I followed during my 17 years as a member of the Edmundston school board, that is I have always stood firm and have never kowtowed before anyone. If I have succeeded in being elected as the representative of the finest constituency in New Brunswick, it is because I have always done my best to serve all my electors. Every time they needed my help, I did everything possible to obtain what they requested.

While I represent them here in Ottawa, they can always rely on me to help them solve their problems.

I must say, Mr. Speaker, that I was greatly surprised at the adjournment of the debate on the resolution of the hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Mclvor). I have also received many representations from completely disabled people. It is very sad to see those unhappy people, unable to earn their livelihood. I am of the opinion that any invalid should be treated the same as a blind person. Let us grant to our invalid a $40 monthly allowance in order that they may enjoy some of the comforts of life. I leave this matter with the Hon. Minister of National Health and Welfare (Mr. Martin). Kindhearted as he is, he will no doubt be prompted to do something to lighten the burden of all these human beings. I am happy to note that some provinces are at present passing legislation in order to relieve these cxip-

The Budget-Mr. Starr pled people. The province of New Brunswick would also like to adopt legislation in order to help its indigent citizens, but its financial situation prevents it from doing so without federal help. I hope that, soon, the case of the crippled people in this country will find first place on the agenda of the Hon. Minister of National Health and Welfare (Mr. Martin).

I hope that the requests which I have already made, and which I have just spelled out, will be given serious attention by the various departments, so that the county of Restigouche-Madawaska may benefit from the moneys to which it is entitled. This constituency has always shown itself to be very generous to the present government.


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January 16, 1953

Mr. P. L. Dube (Resligouche-Madawaska):

Mr. Speaker, every session we are faced with a number of divorce bills which we are supposed to pass or to reject.

Mr. Speaker, I am expressing my personal opinion and that of my constituents in congratulating those members who have protested against the institution of a divorce court in those provinces -which, up to now, have refused to insert such legislation in their statutes. You have spoken for a logical and sensible cause. Did not our gracious Princess, who has now become our beloved Queen, addressing a group of 3,600 mothers, tell them that divorce has become a dangerous scourge of society?

Here are the words which Princess Elizabeth spoke in London on October 18, 1949:


"We live in an age of growing self-indulgence, of hardening materialism and of falling moral standards. X would go so far as to say that some of the very principles on which the family, and therefore the health of the nation, is founded, are in danger.

When we see around us the havoc which has been wrought above all among the children by the break-up of homes, we can have no doubt that divorce and separation are responsible for some of the darkest evils in our society today.

I do not think you can perform any finer service than to help maintain the Christian doctrine that the relationship of husband and wife is a permanent one, not to be lightly broken because of difficulties or quarrels."

The princess urged the mothers to help others give their children that "sound Christian teaching which is essential to us all, but which is sadly lacking in so many homes today."

"As we all know", she said, "a child learns by example and therefore it is not only most important for us to see that our children say their prayers and go to church, but also to practise Christianity in our own lives. We surely cannot expect our children to do what we are too lazy or indifferent to do ourselves."


There we have, Mr. Speaker, the advice given to her subjects by a young mother who

Divorce Jurisdiction

was then 22 years of age and is now our sovereign and Queen of a great empire. Her advice is as sound as it is excellent and it shows great foresight for a person of her age. She wisely unfolds before us the disaster that divorce has in store, not only for those who claim legal separation but also for a whole nation.

It is not surprising that there is so little understanding between nations. In my opinion, if we want peace, we must begin by having it in the family. When we have learned to love one another, to respect one another, man will no longer seek to separate what God has united.

In closing my remarks, I would add that while the world is allowed to go to ruin, we must be strong enough to fight against the current. Let us be the bold defenders of family life. Let us make other people understand the grandeur and beauty of the Christian marriage. We shall thus help ensure, in a constructive way, the prosperity of our country, the happiness of our brethren and the salvation of the whole Canadian nation.

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December 10, 1952

Mr. Dube:

When will the work be started on the new customs buildings at St. Leonard, New Brunswick and Clair, New Brunswick, referred to in the estimates submitted at the last session of parliament?

IMr. McCusker.]

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December 10, 1952

1. What are the names of the lawyers and notaries residing in the county of Restigouche-Madawaska who have acted as agent for the different departments or boards of the federal government from 1949 to 1952?

2. What amount of fees has been paid to each of them and in connection with what services?

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December 10, 1952

1. To what company was the contract awarded for the railway station at Jacquet River, New Brunswick?

2. What is the area of the station?

3. What will be the total cost of the station?

4. Were tenders called?

5. How many submitted tenders, and what are the amounts thereof?

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