J.-Wilfrid DUFRESNE

DUFRESNE, J.-Wilfrid

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Quebec West (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 5, 1911
Deceased Date
June 30, 1982
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.-Wilfrid_Dufresne
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7f8b0a5f-7e1a-49b0-8f27-209db21f611a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
interior decorator, promoter, public servant, teacher

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Quebec West (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 216 of 217)


December 2, 1953

Mr. Dufresne:

It was more urgent before the election.

The Address-Mr. Poulin

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December 1, 1953

Mr. J. W. Dufresne (Quebec West):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence, or, in his absence, to one of his associates. I have sent a notice to the minister. [DOT]

In view of the announcement in the press respecting the sale of liquor to minors at the R.C.A.F. base at Rockcliffe, will the minister advise the house what steps, if any, the department has taken to bring the sale of liquor in this mess or in others within the law?

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November 25, 1953

Mr. J. W. Dufresne (Quebec West):

Mr. Speaker, I raise a question of privilege.

When I had the honour of making my maiden speech in the House of Commons last Monday, I said, as given in the English translation on page 233, on the subject of provincial autonomy, that it was truly a matter of national scope. All the newspapers which were good enough to report this speech of mine printed exactly what I said. However, 1 see-and it is probably a mere typographical error-that La Presse of Montreal quotes me as stating that it is a racial problem. Every hon. member knows full well that the word "racial" never passed my lips during that speech. I do hope that the mistake will be rectified.

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November 23, 1953

Mr. Dufresne:

In order to raise such a controversial question above party considerations, men whose known dignity, high reputation and exceptional ability have been praised by the newspapers of the province, regardless of political affiliation, were appointed to that commission.

To defend our glorious past, of which we are proud, to defend our institutions, our tongue and our faith, to come to the rescue of our constitution, which is a guarantee of survival for our ethnical group, to see that there is no breach of contracts, to promote national unity and live up to it, all that, Mr. Speaker, cannot be reckoned as political manoeuvring but, rather, as genuine patriotism. I regret that the hon. member for Richelieu-Vercheres, with whom may be associated those of his friends who cheered a moment ago, does not know the difference.

The Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) recently made a statement which was published on November 20 in the Ottawa newspaper Le Droit.

It dealt with the matter of French-English bilingualism. The promoters of the movement submitted the matter to the government of Canada.

Le Droit of Ottawa reports as follows, and I quote:

The promoters of this bilingual movement made an attempt to interest Canada, but Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent wrote back, with regret, last January that "in our country education is not a matter for the central government but for the ten provincial governments which are very jealous of their rights."

I note with a great deal of satisfaction this statement by the Prime Minister and his unequivocal admission that education is entirely a matter for the provinces.

Yes, Mr. Speaker, the province of Quebec is jealous of the right which was granted to it by the Canadian constitution. It refuses to admit any infringement in its fields of activity by any other authority, however powerful it might be, especially with regard to education. In this respect, the right hon. the Prime Minister and the humble member for Quebec West are in complete agreement.

Mr. Speaker, I do not intend to detain the house any longer today with regard to this thorny question to which I shall refer again in the near future.

Be it sufficient for me to say, before I resume my seat, that I have no other ambition, while sitting in this parliament, but to contribute my modest part to the progress and greatness of Canada.

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The Address-Mr. W. M. Johnson

I want this Canada of ours to be powerful and prosperous. I want it to be the most beautiful country in the world. I want it to be such that we may live in it in peace and harmony and that may reign in our land that freedom which is so essential to the complete conservation of a sound democracy.

Let us all work together, let us unite our efforts, so that Canada may pursue its glorious ascension toward the noblest of destinies.

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November 23, 1953

Mr. Dufresne:

'The Montreal Gazette is about one of the best newspapers I know of in Canada, a reliable source of news for our Canadian public.

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