Frédéric DORION

DORION, Frédéric, Q.C., B.A., LL.L.

Parliamentary Career

November 30, 1942 - April 16, 1945
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  Charlevoix--Saguenay (Quebec)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
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  Charlevoix--Saguenay (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 65)


February 24, 1949

Mr. Dorion:

Listen to my speech and you will find out whether they were collaborators. I repeat, why make it a crime for a French Catholic to seek refuge in this country when no one dares to say a word about the Jews who are in the same situation?

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February 24, 1949

Mr. Dorion:

How does it happen that we only hear of the five or six French citizens who have been given shelter in this country? Why do we hear nothing about the six or seven Jews who were admitted to Canada last fall after having entered with false passports? I do not intend to blame anyone for issuing permanent visas to these Jews because I am willing to believe that they, as well as others, were entitled to the protection they received from the authorities. I ask, however, why make it a crime for a French Catholic to seek refuge in this country when no one dares to say a word about the Jews who are in the same situation?

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February 24, 1949

Mr. Dorion:

On the point of order, Mr. Speaker, my reason for making that remark is that I have read Hansard for September, 1939. On the 8th September, 1939, at page 55, the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) made a statement concerning the policy of the C.C.F. group. This is what he said:

Canada should be prepared to defend her own shores but her assistance overseas should be limited to economic aid and must not include the conscription of manpower or the sending of any expeditionary force.

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February 24, 1949

Mr. Frederic Dorion (Charlevoix-Sague-nay):

Mr. Speaker, for the reasons I gave in the house a few days ago, I believe it is my duty to reply to the charges made by the member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Stewart) against some French persons who came to Canada a few years ago after having fled from France because of the persecutions which took place in that country after the war. The hon. member for Winnipeg North advised us that he wanted to take the opportunity afforded by the amendment to the address to make another speech on the same subject. He went so far as to say that if he did not have sufficient time to put all the information he had on the record in these two speeches, he would make a third speech on the main motion. I wish to state that, after answering his first speech, I intend to reply to any other speech the hon. member might contemplate making on the same subject.

If it were only a matter of discussing the fate of a few individuals, I would refrain from taking up the time of this house to correct the allegations made by the hon. member. Owing to the principle involved, however, all members must see that it is an important matter. It concerns the struggle between the communists on the one hand, and Christianity on the other. As everyone is aware, subversive ideologies are spreading throughout the countries under Russian control as well as other countries in the world. We know that the communists are at work in Canada, and particularly in large centres

such as Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. It is most unfortunate that, even in this chamber, communists so easily find advocates for their cause. I do not hesitate to state that if the French citizens referred to by the member for Winnipeg North were communist Jews instead of French Catholics, we would not have heard about them in this house.

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February 24, 1949

Mr. Dorion:

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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