October 15, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Daniel (Dan) McIvor


Mr. Mclvor:

They are an influential group and some of them have told me in very plain language that liquor advertising should not be carried over the radio. I do not think it should either. Liquor advertises itself. If you give a man a bottle, when he consumes
The Address-Mr. Mclvor half of it and goes out on the street he will advertise the nature of the liquor business. Give him a drink or two and let him take charge of an automobile and you will see how he will advertise the liquor business. There is the man who takes his cheque to the beer parlour and gets it cashed. As an honest man, he could not get it cashed without buying something. He comes home and he has not as much money as he expected to have. You can tell by the families of such men what the liquor business is.
I know that there are magazines in Canada-and I am very reluctant to buy one of them-which will tell you that this is the sweetest blend, the most beautiful mountain dew, that it will exhilarate and build up the human mind and body, but they never tell you about the destruction caused by the liquor business. I warn the minister or anybody else who supports such action that if the radio people dare to advertise the liquor business there will be a fight on our hands. I have never meant anything more seriously in this house than when I say that there will be a fight on our hands, and the contest between Daniel and the lion will have to take second place.
I did not say anything about the mover (Mr. Cauchon) and the seconder (Mr. Simmons) of the address in reply to the speech from the throne. I enjoyed our friend from Quebec. My French is very limited, and what I have learned in the past is pretty well all gone, but I understood his gestures and his enthusiasm and I interpreted them to my own sweet content. I think the hon. member for Yukon-Mackenzie River (Mr. Simmons) should be congratulated upon emphasizing the need of assistance for the individual prospector who is not working for the large corporation. These men have done a great deal for Canada. I once had a resolution on the order paper dealing with this matter, and while it got fair support it did not result in anything definite. These prospectors go out on their own for months and months at a time and when they make a find the government, either provincial or dominion, should investigate the prospect and then if the mine is developed the government could take back its costs.
When I think of the war I think of some of these committees that call on me from time to time. I have had people call on me to advocate taking our troops out of China, to advocate having the British take their troops from the Suez canal, to advocate our not doing anything that tends toward war. I told one group most decidedly that the great need is to demolish the iron curtain. Let the people of Russia see what is going on in Canada, in

The Address-Mr. Gillis the United States and Great Britain; let the people of the democratic world see what is going on in Russia.
I have said before and I say again that neither Russia nor China can win a war, any more than Hitler or Napoleon could, because they have left God out of their form of government. The great Peacemaker said: "Blessed are the peacemakers"; but he also said:
Neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
What are they doing in China today? They are tormenting, persecuting and liquidating the Roman Catholic and Protestant missionaries. Therefore I say we should not cast our pearls before those people. We must stand for what is fair and clean and good, and back up our government in its preparations for war. I know what it is to go to school where there were a few bullies. You cannot liquidate a bully, but you can lick him. That is the only cure for some bullies. I do not think Russia will ever attack any country because they have not the courage to do it, especially when they know we are prepared. I remember one chap in our school who prepared himself to meet one of the bullies, and that was the end of that bully. When we are thoroughly prepared we will be ready for action. We must keep first things first.
I congratulate the government upon its sturdy way of doing things. If they can find a way out of this inflation, a way that will allow us to think and act for ourselves, they will have gained the commendation of all Canada.

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