April 29, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. An editorial entitled "Classifying Canadians" appears in the current issue of Saturday Night. The first paragraph thereof reads as follows:
We should be sorry if parliament were to adopt Mr. Gordon Graydon's proposal and refuse to employ naturalised Canadians in the civil service. The further suggestion that even born Canadians be barred from the service if their parents were naturalized was. probably not intended very seriously.
The remainder of the editorial is devoted to a critical analysis of the position I am supposed to have taken. My purpose in rising is to say that at no time have I taken such a position or made such a proposal, and I fancy every hon. .member of the house will agree with me on that. I know that Saturday Night, whose columns are always characterized by fairness and reason, would want me to put the record straight at the first opportunity. This I am doing. Were the statement ito go unchallenged, a grave injustice unwittingly might easily be done to scores of thousands of loyal naturalized citizens of Canada, many of whom have served with high distinction in the last war and this. Personally, Mr. Speaker, I think it must have been a case of mistaken identity, but I have not been able to run it down yet. >

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EDITORIAL IN "SATURDAY NIGHT"-REFERENCE TO EMPLOYMENT IN CIVIL SERVICE OF NATURALIZED CANADIANS
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