Quebec Premier Disavows Minister’s Anti-jewish Slur
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Quebec Premier Disavows Minister’s Anti-jewish Slur

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The Province of Quebec is traditionally just and fair to its minorities and the anti-Jewish statement made by one of his ministers does not represent the policy of the Provincial government, Premier Maurice Duplessis declared in a letter to the Canadian Jewish Congress. “The present government and the Prime Minister of Quebec will always be inspired by these sound and unsurpassed traditions,” the Premier emphasized.

Mr. Duplessis made this statement in reply to a telegram of protest regarding the Minister of Agriculture, Laurent Barre, who was quoted in press reports to have said that he preferred to buy at a good price rather “than at a bargain price from a Jew.” The Canadian Jewish Congress had stated that the expression of Mr. Barre’s anti-Semitic views in a Canadian Legislature is of great disservice to the Prime Minister and to those who desire to build a pleasant life of neighborliness and good will in the province.

For the first time in its history Toronto’s Board of Education has for its chairman a member of the Jewish faith. The newly elected chairman is Herbert Orliffe, an active communal leader and leading member of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

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