Mr. LIGUORI LACOMBE (Laval-Two Mountains):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to say a few words before the house votes on the amendment to the amendment. During the debate, it has been held by members of the party in power that everything was fine and dandy in Canada. To display such callousness, they are surely not very hard to please. The situation is so alarming that we are showered with countless protests, from all parts of Canada, against the negligence, laissez-faire and carelessness of the government. The cost of living has become a calamity; the Minister of Labour (Mr. Mitchell) admits that unemployment is increasing. Yet, although over a hundred thousand Canadians are unemployed, we are letting in immigrants by the thousands. There is a lack of housing for our own people and veterans cannot find shelter for their families. After all the dazzling
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promises it had made the Liberal party now rewards their heroism by giving them a shack. The faithful hound is given a bone to chew on. The government gives only huts to our veterans. That is the way it chooses to fulfil sacred promises. "We had promised you the moon, but you must be content with a shack in which to hang your tatters. That is our way of rewarding those who have fought for Christianity, liberty and right." The government seems to talk that way to those who, by its insidious propaganda have been drawn into a horrible war which has solved nothing. Tomorrow godless Russia, with her satellites, will dominate Europe. She stabbed Poland in the back while the German hordes subdued that country, and now she continues to defy every nation, to sow the seeds of violence, misunderstanding and revolution. She organizes civil war everywhere. Missionaries have to stop preaching because the cruel and despicable communist police force places them under arrest. What is the government waiting for to ban the communist party in Canada? We must uproot the evil. Time and time again, over the years, I discussed this matter in various debates, but in view of the complicated situation and the impending threat, I felt it my duty to deal with this subject again.
Coming back to the housing problem, I contend that the government has failed in its duty. Since it raised billions of dollars for war, when will it find the few hundred millions required to build houses for our people? It becomes a national duty to deal with the housing crisis. We have had more than enough cardboard houses built at great expense to the people. What are we to think of these slums where too many families are wasting away? A hovel is not necessarily an old house. Some new barracks, where children slowly peter out or burn to death, are worse than slums.
A government who has seen fit to spend $12,000 million on the war is bound to spend at least $1,000 million on family homes. It cannot shirk its responsibilities. In all fairness, the provinces should not be left to shoulder the whole burden. The dominion government collect large amounts of revenue which, according to the constitution, rightly belong to the provinces. Let them assume their proper responsibilities and provide the Canadian people with the family homes essential to the moral and physical well-being of all. Statistics are of little avail. Let us stop fighting with figures. The time has come for
action. Let the government launch immediately an over-all housing scheme. Let them spend $500 and even $1,000 million on it. They may rely, in solving this vital problem on the support of all those who have at heart the welfare of our families and of our whole society.
Mr. Speaker, I feel highly indignant at the regrettable words which have been uttered in this house by an hon. member who is wont to carry discussion on a higher level. When a hero of the last war expresses his frank opinion on our war effort, he is showered with abuse.
Well, I cannot find words scathing enough to describe the untimely interference of the hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Langlois). I shall not compare the work of the hon. member with that accomplished by the hon. Paul Sauve. Both have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Strangely, however, his attacks on him, who at every moment was risking his life at Falaise or on the beaches of France, recalls to my mind other utterly despicable charges. At a time when hon. Sauve was fighting in France for the great principles so extolled and often dreamt up by the Liberals, that same party was shooting him in the back. The Liberals nominated an opponent in Two Mountains. My hon. friend may speak of courage all he wants. True courage I find in the hon. Mr. Sauve's heroism and steadfastness. I vainly look for it in the ill-advised statement of the hon. member for Gaspe or in the shameful attitude of tire Liberal party towards a great soldier on a firing line, which the government itself had long prepared by taking part in a war which was supposedly free, voluntary and moderate. There are none as qualified as Hon. Mr. Sauve to describe Canada's part in the war. He is no drawing room officer. His decorations and titles are well earned; he laughs at attacks of this kind. They are only scratches inflicted with a wooden sword. "What can a wooden sword do against granite? It becomes blunted and breaks."
A few moments ago I called the attention of the house to the menace of communism. The press recently informed the public of the final result of the chase after the Polish art treasures. Some of our people are really affected with a strange mentality. Instead of rejoicing, as everybody should, that these priceless works of religious art should now be safe, there are some who sympathize with the discomfiture of the illegal communist Polish government.
Is it because Great Britain has important commercial relations with this atheistic, persecuting regime? The present Polish government outdoes in injustice, in usurpation, in cruelty the arrogance of Hitler. It would like to lay hands on the religious art treasures that the premier of Quebec has protected from the cupidity of this band of communists. The Polish government, which has continued to rob the Polish church of its property, would lose no time in gaining possession of these artistic treasures, which, to a great extent, belong to that church. It has found the right man to block its path. The minister of External Affairs (Mr. St. Laurent) claims that the Polish government is legal. It is therefore not surprising that the communist party in Canada is considered as legal and remains so.