April 28, 1949

IND

John Lambert Gibson

Independent Liberal

Mr. Gibson (Comox-Alberni):

Clean it up.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Caouette:

I was just going fine anyhow.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Wind it up again.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Caouette:

I would only add, Mr. Speaker, that we must be truthful to the people of Canada. Before an election as well as after an election, our first responsibility in this house is to serve the people of Canada. But when we see all these figures, we must admit that the welfare of Canada and the welfare of the Canadian people is not being served but that the welfare of the financial interests in this country is being served. The proof of that is right here. To my questions these answers were given by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott), or by his department. I asked:

What proportion of such interest (service of the debt) was paid directly to the chartered banks of Canada?

The answer given was "no information." We do not know how much money is paid to the chartered banks who are controlling the economic blood, which is money, in this country. They do not know. The accountants in the Department of Finance in our country cannot tell us what sum of money is paid in interest to the chartered banks of Canada. I will certainly ask that question again, because I intend to come back after the next election.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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An hon. Member:

An optimist.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Caouette:

I have another ten minutes before six o'clock, Mr. Speaker, and I shall now go on in French. Sometimes it is a little bit hard for me to speak in English, but I like my English friends to understand sometimes what I am saying. I may make mistakes, but I am doing my best, and I am willing to do it again.

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Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Caouette:

For several months, we have been hearing of the communist menace which

Financial Policy

is rife in Canada as in the whole world. In fact, a member of the house has already introduced a bill to outlaw communism. I would be in favour of a measure that would make communism illegal in Canada. However, I defy anyone to arrest the spread of communism in Canada by passing legislation or even by throwing communists into jail.

Communism is an ideology. Now, it is impossible to kill or to jail an ideology. To fight an ideology, it takes a better one. There is no alternative.

Mr. Speaker, during the few minutes at my disposal I would like to show that communism originates somewhere, comes to light somewhere.

I have here a pamphlet entitled Economic Liberalism written by Reverend Father Gerard Petit, c.s.c.

We have stated over and over again that communism is nothing more than the legitimate offspring of economic liberalism. Now, to show what is understood by this term, I wish to point out its main shortcomings which are set forth in this little tract.

The first fault of economic liberalism is selfishness.

The Liberal system certainly reeks of selfishness, and I must draw the attention of the house to the fact that economic liberalism is doomed to oblivion because it is rotten with selfishness. It is for this reason that His Holiness Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, stated that economic liberalism was tainted with egotism. His Holiness also denounced:

That nefarious individualism that overlooks the social and moral character of economic life, that selfishness which seeks only its own profit and results in so unfair a distribution of wealth.

That is a cause of communism.

If the first error of economic liberalism is to make selfishness the primary motive of the economic body's operation:

The second is to urge people to produce rather than to serve. It is a consequence of the first error. Since they are concerned only with material wellbeing, disregarding the rules of ethics as extraneous considerations, they come to the point where they seek to produce as much as possible in order to get rich as quickly as possible. The worker is made subordinate to his machine and to the manufactured product, the consumer is swept by the torrent of frenzied competition and the interests of the producers. It is, it has been said, the manufactured article that controls the man who has made it.

It is the manufactured product that creates the need. It is competition that partly regulates wages.

It is the business which runs the businessman. The head of a concern is no longer its master, but its slave.

And now, Mr. Speaker, here is the third error of the Liberal system, of economic liberalism.

Liberalism worships a false god, a golden calf. It is this modern idol, this awful power with its international ramifications that can hold political authority in check, plunge humanity into wars and revolutions and throw into confusion the lives of individuals and of nations.

It is here that His Holiness Pope Pius XI denounces this control over our economic life blood.

Economic liberalism gives rise to communism. Before outlawing communism in Canada or elsewhere we should see to it that the present Liberal regime in Canada is outlawed itself. That is why we Social Crediters have suggested a real remedy for this situation, a solution which seems funny to some because Social Crediters are concerned with serving human beings. This may sound funny, but on June 27 next, in Quebec as in all Canada, an opportunity will be afforded the people to choose between a Liberal regime and a sound and Christian one.

The people of Canada will know how to mete out a just punishment to those who exploit them for the benefit of a small group which do not own the capital they administer, but are only its keepers.

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Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   EXTENSION TO NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
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PRIVATE BILLS

SECOND READING

LIB

Howard Waldemar Winkler

Liberal

Mr. H. W. Winkler (Lisgar):

Mr. Speaker, with the unanimous consent of the house I move that Bill No. 236, for the relief of Jessie Kathleen Batiste Latter, be read a second time and referred to the committee on miscellaneous private bills.

Motion agreed to; bill read the second time and referred to the committee on miscellaneous private bills.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   SECOND READING
Sub-subtopic:   SENATE BILL
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GUARANTY TRUST COMPANY OF CANADA

LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. D. F. Brown (Essex West):

If I may

have leave of the house to revert to routine proceedings, I move that the house resolve itself into committee of the whole to consider Bill No. 244, respecting Guaranty Trust Company of Canada.

Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Macdonald (Brantford City) in the chair.

Section 1 agreed to.

Topic:   GUARANTY TRUST COMPANY OF CANADA
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Preamble agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed.


STANDING COMMITTEES

MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS-SIXTH REPORT


Sixth report of standing committee on miscellaneous private bills-Mr. Winkler.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Low:

Before you leave the chair, Mr. Speaker, may I say that I presume at seven-thirty you will recognize the hon. member for Pontiac (Mr. Caouette) so that he can continue with his speech.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

It will be the same debate. At six o'clock the house took recess.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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AFTER RECESS The house resumed at seven-thirty o'clock.


April 28, 1949