BOIVIN, Marcel

Personal Data

Shefford (Quebec)
Birth Date
November 2, 1912
Deceased Date
April 30, 1974
agent, businessman, manager

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
  Shefford (Quebec)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
  Shefford (Quebec)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
  Shefford (Quebec)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
  Shefford (Quebec)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
  Shefford (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 15)

February 22, 1962

Mr. Boivin:

Equality for Agriculture-The objectives of the Progressive Conservative party for Canadian agriculture are three in number: (1) equality for

farmers in the Canadian economy; (2) the maximum contribution of agriculture to the welfare of the Canadian people; (3) the conservation, as well as development, of our greatest heritage, the storehouse of wealth in the upper foot of the nation's soil.

The Address-Mr. Boivin In this discussion I shall confine myself to the first of these objectives: Equality for Agriculture.


Mr. Speaker, our present Prime Minister certainly does not agree with what one of his predecessors said because you know his slogan: Parity not Charity.

Spoken words pass but written words remain, which goes to prove their lack of sincerity. In short, Conservatives who trade places trade faces. Despite all his promises and his interesting manifesto of 1945, the farmers of Canada again expressed their confidence in the competence of a Liberal administration.

Mr. Speaker, we went again to the country in 1949. The farmers knew that we had steered the ship of the state more efficiently than any other party could have done during a transition period from war to peace. The farmers expressed again their confidence in a party which had always understood them, that is the Liberal party.

I remember that a by-election was called in 1952 following the death of one of my colleagues, the late Mr. Henri Gosselin, whose remains lie in peace in the cemetery of his birthplace, in Lawrenceville, in my constituency. He had represented a constituency adjacent to mine, the Brome-Missisquoi riding. I was among the Liberal group which took part in that by-election; the Conservative party was then campaigning under the leadership of a new Conservative leader, Hon. George Drew. Once again, a circular letter was found during that campaign which had been distributed at the last moment under the title:

To our Liberal friends.

And under the heading:

But a vote for Henri Demers will give you the opportunity of stating on behalf of the whole province;

And I quote section 5:

That you want the government to help Quebec farmers as it has western farmers-Gardiner gave them $65 million last year.

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal party is not against grants to western farmers, but we want our fair share.

Since that election, I see again several members of the Conservative party still sitting on the government benches, who had supported the defeated Conservative candidate, Mr. Demers, and who are now in a position to fulfil that promise, now that they are in power.

Why do we not suggest two ministers of agriculture, one for western Canada and one for eastern Canada? Eastern Canada would include Ontario, Quebec, the eastern provinces, and Newfoundland.

What is being done at present for our farmers? Nothing. And the farmers of Brome and Missisquoi, in 1952, like those of all Canada in 1953, having benefited from a good government, again put their faith in a regime of prosperity, that is to say in the Liberal regime. They knew that our party was the only one to recognize that agriculture is the most important industry in Canada.

We, on this side of the house, know that farmers have fully contributed to production demand. We have said so several times and we repeat it again today. It is essential that farmers all over Canada be in a firm economic position and that they enjoy greater stability and security.

We have two ministers of national defence. Why not two ministers of agriculture? We have been brought to realize that defence matters are complicated; but in the field of agriculture, eastern problems although completely different from those of the west, are no less of extreme importance for this country's economy.

I said a moment ago that during the 1957 campaign we heard the present Prime Minister, like previous leaders of the Conservative party, declare himself the protector of the farmers. I should like to quote what he said in St. Patrice de Beaurivage, on May 30, 1957; his words were reported by the newspaper L'Action Catholique of May 31 of the same year:

We admit that prosperity for the agricultural class is a condition to the general prosperity of the country. The reform we suggested would involve reasonable prices through price support and important markets for your products. We promise the farmers that their lot will improve, he declared, and that is what they have been requesting for so long: a Conservative government will give the

farmers a just share of the national prosperity through price support.

If we judge by the comments of the farming community, after four years of Conservative administration, we had a depression rather than prosperity. I would invite the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Hamilton) to meet with our farmers who will be only too glad to talk about those famous reasonable prices for their products.

Not to say "lie" I will say "promise, promise, there will always be those to believe you".

The promise of May 30, 1957, would be appropriate today. Indeed with all those promises, our farmers put their confidence in the Conservative party but their lot was entirely different from what they had expected. Instead of the fair share of prosperity, it was in fact a share of depression they got. I know that our farmers, particularly those in Quebec,

will remember their motto which is Je me souviens.

Mr. Speaker, I note on page 568 of the French Hansard for January 29, 1960, that the hon. Minister of Agriculture replied to my colleague from Drummond-Arthabaska on the disbursements or losses suffered by the farm products stabilization board. I could see for myself that it did cost the Canadian taxpayers $1,094,364.31 for the year 1957-58 and $6,996,943 for the year 1958-59 to dispose of their powdered skim milk. And now, those people want legislation to solve their problems. Why not listen to them and let them have what they are asking for?

It is too bad that the government so suddenly removed the support price on that commodity, because several small manufacturers have been in a disastrous situation. In short, they did not have the cash to change over their processing plants. Appropriate legislation could not only help the manufacturer, but also provide assistance to the farmer.

I should like to say, Mr. Speaker, that the party of which I am a member has always been liberal both with a capital L and a small 1, and liberal for both the workers and the farmers. My party wanted to enable the farmers to get, from their products, an income proportionate to production costs, thus providing them with a fair share of the national income.

I do not know what the government's future policy will be on the support price of butter. I should like to point out, however, that the price of butter is, in a way, the gauge for that of other agricultural products. Moreover, it is of vital importance to the farmers of my area.

We wanted to establish an agricultural development bank. We wanted to improve storage facilities on the farms. In a word, we wanted, as always, to help the farmers. All this we had to put off, but we will be at it in a few months. The farmers now realize that the Liberal party is the only one which can meet their needs, and I am sure that the promises made by the Conservatives will serve them a lesson. Thank heaven, Canada is still a democratic country. They are already saying that tomorrow or in the near future, they will again be under a Liberal administration when they will be able to forget the uncertainty and fear they suffer at present.

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February 22, 1962

Mr. Boivin:

Mr. Speaker, since I have very little time at my disposal and it is going by very rapidly, I would like to review some facts briefly and arrive at 1935.

The Address-Mr. Boivin

At the time of the 1935 election, as soon as the houses had been dissolved, a folder published by the Conservative party began to circulate in my constituency of Shefford during the electoral campaign. I have this circular here. It was printed by La Revue de Granby, Limitee. Here is an extract from it:

The Canadian Rubber Company was about to open its doors, thanks to the Conservative party.

The people of Granby had a sad experience at that time, and the doors remained closed.

And history repeats itself. The Conservative party of that time and of today has remained the same.

And this time, Mr. Speaker, they called for a certain Joseph Charles Van Horne, a former member for Restigouche-Madawaska, to take out of my city of Granby a certain industry known as Radio Engineering and send it to New Brunswick.

The Tribune of Campbellton-I doubt that it is favourable to the Liberal party-reported on May 10, 1961, that Mr. Van Horne, the popular former member, had told a meeting held at Dalhousie on the preceding Friday, that they should cast their votes for the Conservative candidate in the next by-election, in order to assure the prosperity of this new industry.

The same newspaper published on its first page on May 17 the following passage:


Defence production minister to head inauguration ceremonies.


Another article on the same page read in part as follows:


Minister may make statement on contract.

Mr. O'Hurley heads the federal department responsible for the placing of defence contracts such as those required by Radio Engineering Products Ltd., the firm now relocating here from Granby, Que.


Mr. Speaker, any contract which Radio Engineering Products, Limited, will get in New Brunswick, like those it got while in Granby, were granted directly, upon checking by the officers of the United States Army, in Washington. I know that they go through the division called "Canadian Commercial Corporation". It does not come under the minister but directly under NATO.

In the same bulletin, Mr. Speaker-as I have only a few minutes left-in another article, it was announced that the rubber workers were going to enter prosperous times.

The Address-Mr. McFarlane There is no better time for these gentlemen to prescribe quotas on imports as they asked for them when they were in the opposition.

Again in the same memorandum, still in 1935, more work for the textile workers was announced. Here is their chance today, when they are in office, to support their colleague, the member from Sherbrooke (Mr. Allard) who is back from a trip and begs for quotas in order to assist that industry.

The same circular letter was also addressed to the workers in the stocking industry. The Nordic company closed its plant in Roxton Falls, Mr. Speaker, and that in Bedford has been virtually closed for two years.

Also in the same circular letter, we could find an article entitled:

Workers in elastic fabric vote for Bennett.

And today, all the machines in the braiding division of that industry have been stopped by imports; and to conclude, Mr. Speaker, in the same article, they were addressing the citizens in the following manner, just as the Prime Minister did last Friday:

People of Granby, who are going to vote for the first time in the present election, think well and vote in your own interests.

That is why in 1935, the people of Granby, of the province of Quebec and of Canada from coast to coast, voted in their own interests in supporting Mackenzie King, as they will do tomorrow in voting for Hon. "Mike" Pearson and his party, for the greatest welfare of all of Canada.


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February 22, 1962

Mr. Marcel Boivin (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, I should like at the beginning of my remarks to offer you my respect and my congratulations on the way you have conducted the affairs of the House of Commons. Before going into my mother tongue I should also like to add in English that, as is customary, if a vote is called we will vote for the motion

out of respect for the representative of the Queen but this will imply no approval of the government.


Mr. Speaker, I would like at the start of my remarks, to render tribute to you in my own language, to congratulate you on the way you are directing the debates in this house.

Without delaying any further, I shall also congratulate the hon. member for Pontiac-Temiscamingue (Mr. Martineau), for having been appointed Deputy Speaker.

It is also in order for me to join my colleagues in proffering congratulations to the mover (Mr. Bourdages) and seconder (Mr. Browne, Vancouver-Kingsway) of the address in reply to the speech from the throne.

I also, on behalf of the people I have the honour to represent, tender my best wishes to the hon. member for Quebec South (Mr. Flynn), on his appointment to the cabinet.

Mr. Speaker, if the rumour is correct the Conservative administration seems to get the credit for a very lengthy fourth session and a very short fifth one during the twenty fourth parliament, which, on the whole, will not have brought much to the Canadian people.

We heard, and then we read in the speech from the throne, that we would get some new legislation to stimulate our economy and help national development.

Mr. Speaker, this reminds me that, hardly three years ago, we heard similar remarks from a certain party leader, and I do think it strange that all sorts of new bills are being introduced during this last session.

Indeed, I remember an article published in the Toronto Globe and Mail of April 26, 1957, under the title "Promises full employment". I quote:


Mr. Diefenbaker promised that full employment with the brightest possible standard of living would be one of the principal objectives of his government.


Promise made by the head of the Conservative party in the 1957 election. Promise, promise, there will always be those to believe you.

I remember also that during the 1958 election campaign, after a statement made by the present Prime Minister, the following appeared in the Montreal Star of February 19, 1958:


In the live telecast Mr. Diefenbaker said he would take any practical step to ease unemployment in addition to the million dollars for public

works. Unemployment reached a post-war record of 520,000 in mid-January. He said that as long as he was Prime Minister of Canada everything that could be done would be done to relieve unemployment.


Needless to say, the Prime Minister has seriously failed to keep his numerous pledges which I could not all list here tonight. He spent his time making promises but unfortunately he has done nothing for the people of Canada. We merely have to spend a few hours in our respective ridings to realize that the people are wondering when the next election and their hour of liberation will come.

I remember the circular letter issued in 1953 by Hon. George Drew, the predecessor of the present Prime Minister. It reads as follows: Canada will vote Progressive Conservative because the people want tax reductions, through savings in the administration.

Mr. Drew's words were taken up by the present Prime Minister during the same campaign, that is on July 22, 1953. In fact, La Revue de Granby stated the following:

Canadian farmers are going through another painful experience. The government in Ottawa seems unable to solve, for the benefit of Canadian farmers, a large scale problem which is responsible for the loss of several million dollars in the annual income of the farmers. (Published by the Progressive Conservative party).

Speaking of the leaders of the Conservative party, I should like to refer to the 1945 election, my first election campaign as a candidate. I found in La Presse of May 15, 1945, an article entitled:

The policy of Mr. Bracken, at St. John, New Brunswick.

I quote:

The hon. Mr. Bracken said that the farmers would benefit from the policy of his party which would consist in setting the price of farm products before the crop season. He also promised free grain transportation between the lakes and the eastern Canada.

Strangely enough, Mr. Speaker, it seems that the Conservative party has changed its policy or repudiated its leaders since it came into power, for according to that same article, the hon. Mr. Bracken was supposed to publish that same evening, in Ottawa, a manifesto of the policy with which his party was trying to get elected.

I had secured that manifesto and kept it very carefully, and rightly so, Mr. Speaker. The manifesto, which I now have before me, is entitled:


John Bracken says.


The Address-Mr. Boivin (Translation):

I invite all members, and especially the newcomers, to read this document. They will find good guiding rules in it.

Since I have been referring to agriculture, I draw their attention to page 5, where are to be found the words spoken by the Conservative leader of that day, on the evening of his election to the leadership of the Conservative party in Winnipeg, on December 11, 1952. And I quote:


The right of farmers and other primary producers to a fair share of the nation's income.

Nearly one third of Canada's population is engaged directly or indirectly in agriculture, yet during the last decade farm income fell to such a low average as to become of very great concern in our Canadian economy. It is the responsibility of the nation to see that this great inequity shall not be perpetuated. I may say quite frankly that if it had not been for that plank in your platform which provides for a square deal to agriculture, I would not be here.


Mr. Bracken certainly had qualities since this government appointed him to a position of responsibility.

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February 22, 1962

Mr. Boivin:

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March 23, 1961

1. Has the Department of Transport made any grant for the construction or extension of the following airports: Baie Comeau, Gaspe, Godbout, Havre St. Pierre, Matane, Rimouski, Rouyn, St. Jean, and Senneterre?

2. Are the said airports placed under municipal management?

Answer by: Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

1 and 2. The department has made grants in aid toward construction at the airports at Gaspe, Matane, Rouyn, Senneterre and Havre St. Pierre. In addition, the department has

actually carried out construction work at airports at Rimouski, St. Jean and Baie Comeau.

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