March 24, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. C. N. DORION (Quebec-Montmo-rency) (Translation):

Mr. Speaker, it is the
custom of parliament to congratulate His Honour, the Speaker of the House. I also wish to fufil this agreeable duty, and thank the house for having elected you. You have proved, in a most striking way, that you were endowed with the required qualities: intelligence, moderation and impartiality. However, what has struck me more, is your knowledge of the two official languages and the use you make of both in presiding over our debates. This feature reveals a breadth of view and a deep rooted sentiment of true Canadianism.
The hon. member for Montmagny (Mr. LaVergne), your deputy, knows too well the esteem in which I hold him, it is therefore unnecessary for me to remind him of it. For over fifteen years, in our district, we have fought the same battles, pursued the same ideal with the firm desire to shake off the yoke of prejudices and to restore in our midst the sound principles of order, progress and peace.
It is also a custom, sir, to thank the artisans of one's victory. I shall do it with so much the more pleasure and pride, knowing that I had the help, during the campaign, of very brilliant political leaders and such outstanding speakers as the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King).
I had to battle as you are aware, against Mr. Lavigueur, then and still mayor of the city of Quebec, moreover member for Quebee-Montmorency in the late parliament. This gentleman held therefore two mandates. That was a sufficient reason for the right hon.

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leader of the opposition to denounce, here in Ottawa, one week before the vote, the double mandate, and appealed to the electorate of the capital of the Dominion to vote against Mayor Plant. Evidently the then Prime Minister, now the leader of the opposition, had before him the example of my predecessor, and he had derived from it precious lessons for his party. As close to 5,000 unemployed in the city of Quebec awaited the return of their mayor, my constituents deemed it their duty not to reelect him, complying, at the same time, with the wishes and the voice of the right hon. leader of the opposition. My sincerest thanks.
The hon. Prime Minister of Quebec contributed his share, not only by his speeches but also by the presence of his lean figure. Among the 25 parishes which are comprised in the Quebec-Montmorency riding, about 10 are included in Montmorency which is represented in the provincial legislature by Mr. Taschereau. It is especially there that he concentrated his energies, it is there that he constructed his legendary bridge which must some day link the northern coast of the river with the Isle of Orleans and over which project my predecessor was successful in building at least four elections.
Of course they were pledges, and nothing more. Nothing more was needed. The two parishes that this election bridge was to link gave me a very substantial majority.
It was also in that part of my riding that the Prime Minister of Quebec announced the Indian war, reorganized the riding, and denounced the present Prime Minister of Canada, as one of the fiercest opponents of our race, our language and traditions.
The following are a few examples of this eloquence profusely used by this politician who, in certain quarters, is looked upon as a great statesman. In the Soleil of Quebec, July 18, 1930, we read:
On the 28 inst. the Liberal party will be in power and you would have, you from Quebec county, Mr. C. N. Dorion to represent you? No, think of our race. We have too many fine traditions, too many ideals to safeguard that we should place our trust in Mr. Bennett, the right hand of Mr. Anderson who abolished the crucifix in schools and told the good nuns: '[DOT]You cannot teach in your religious garb."
An hon. MEMBER (Translation): It is a

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