Mr. WILFRID LACROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. In connection with a petition which I presented to the House of Commons, protesting against immigration, the Toronto Globe and Mail of February 1, 1939, in an article headed " Muddying Welcome on Canada's Mat," used the following expressions with regard to my race and myself:
The experience of the Canadian Indians has been exceptional. Mr. Wilfrid Lacroix of Quebec-Montmorency should try to remember that fact, suppress his ancestral consciousness of guilt and approach the problems of to-day and Canada's part in their solution, not as a robber bent on holding his spoils from other robbers, but as a civilized man charged with a civilized man's duty to civilization. . . .
Allow me, Mr. Speaker, to remind the publisher of the Globe and Mail that he is totally ignorant of Canada's history, for, had he opened its finest pages, he would have noted the obscure heroism of our early evangelists and missionaries, such as the Reverend Jesuit Fathers and others who, by dint of persuasion and unparalleled personal sacrifices and aided by brave colonists whom I am proud to own as my ancestors opened this vast continent to Christianity and civilization.
Long before the ancestors of the publisher of the Globe and Mail landed in this country, my forefathers had by their gigantic labours already made it a nation. And if he will accompany me to the old cemeteries of Quebec province he will find inscribed there names of which Canadian history is proud.
The publisher of the Globe and Mail having dared to compare the members of my race to robbers, I am compelled to remind him that those who made the most brilliant contribution to our confederation, which permits us to sit here to-day, are Canadians of French origin.
Bren Gun-Mr. Manion
May I also remind the publisher of the Globe and Mail that those who defended with the greatest tenacity against the Americans at the battle of Quebec, the last parcel of British territory left on this north American continent, were French Canadians, many of his ancestors having fled the city.
Allow me to tell him also that by writing such nonsense the Globe and Mail is not working for unity in this country and that if his paper has any honour it will retract its words.