If you will listen to my speech you will find out about that.
If there is a fight between Christianity and communism in the world today, everyone is aware that the communists regard the Catholic church as enemy number one. Recent occurrences in several central European countries have demonstrated this fact.
The member for Winnipeg North referred to the question of privilege which I submitted to the house the other day relating to the de Bernonville case. From his remarks at page 794 of Hansard, I quote the following words:
The hon. member also went on to say he was convinced not only of de Bernonville's innocence, but also of the assistance he has rendered our soldiers during the war. I think the most significant thing then was not the statement of the hon. gentleman, but the applause coming from the Tory benches which greeted it. One of us is wrong. Either the hon. member for Charlevoix-Saguenay is right or I am right, and I am prepared to leave it to the judgment of the house.
I shall deal with the innocence of de Bernonville first and, later on, I shall submit the evidence which I have regarding the assistance he gave to our soldiers during the war.
The Address-Mr. Dorion Before reaching that point, I should like to comment on certain remarks the hon. member made about a French citizen by the name of Jean Bonnel, living in Montreal. It is true that, for personal reasons, this man has not yet chosen to apply for his Canadian citizenship. Mr. Bonnel has been living in Canada for over twenty years. He is married to a Canadian woman and is the father of many children born in Canada. During these last twenty years, I am sure Mr. Bonnel has succeeded in acquiring a real Canadian spirit, more so than some new Canadians who have only been in this country since 1930. I would rather depend for Canadianism on a man who has lived in Canada over twenty years than on one who, although he may have his Canadian citizenship, came to Canada more recently.
Speaking about Mayor Camillien Houde,. the hon. member said, at page 795 of Hansard:
I can well understand how a man behind bars, for hampering the war effort could feel such a close relationship for a nazi collaborationist.
Before making such a statement the horf. member should have remembered that the late Mr. Woods worth, the founder of his party, and his present leader were not so favourable to our participation in the war before Russia became our ally.
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