“Emile and Joe Goglu wish their many readers and friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS  and a GOOD and HAPPY NEW YEAR!” ― From the “Goglu” of December 12th, 1930

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a GOOD and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“Emile and Joe Goglu wish their many readers and friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a GOOD and HAPPY NEW YEAR!”  From the “Goglu” of December 12th, 1930, page 5.  Emile and Joe Goglu are obviously Adrien Arcand and Joseph Menard.
 
Emile et Jos. Goglu souhaitent à leurs nombreux lecteurs et amis un JOYEUX NOËL et une BONNE ET HEUREUSE ANNÉE.  Extrait du Goglu du 12 décembre 1930, page 5.  Emile et Jos. Goglu sont évidemment Adrien Arcand et Joseph Ménard.

Adrien Arcand Books wishes you a wonderful Holiday Season. Thank you for reading. Don’t leave without subscribing.

Adrien Arcand Books vous souhaite un joyeux temps des fêtes. Merci pour la lecture. Ne partez pas sans vous inscrire.

Enjoy our “Goglu Christmas” greetings from last year.  And you can still give our free eBooks away for Christmas!

Coming out of Midnight Mass, December 1930

Coming out of Midnight Mass, December 1930

“Merry Christmas!” from the “Goglu” Santa of 1931-32

“Merry Christmas!” from the “Goglu” Santa of 1931-32

A Hitchiker’s Guide to the Works of Adrien Arcand:  The Reader must Consent to be a Traveler!

I recommend these words of wisdom from a Professor to anyone reading Adrien Arcand for the first time.

“But the perspective of the historian is not that of orthodoxy; his goal is to understand and explain; his only domain must be that of science.  It is up to him to reconstitute the climate, the cultural context which illuminates divergent or successive positions taken at a given time, considering the latter in and of itself and not in relation to the present time.  The reader must bear in mind Vatican II’s profound disconnect in the culture and traditions of the Catholic Church, and consent to make the effort required of the traveler to understand the customs and usages of exotic countries.”

— Pierre Trépanier, (1991).  La religion dans la pensée d’Adrien Arcand.  Les Cahiers des dix, (46), 207–247, 212.  https://doi.org/10.7202/1015587ar

Je recommande ces paroles de sagesse d’un professeur à quiconque lit Adrien Arcand pour la première fois.

“Mais la perspective de l’historien n’est pas celle de l’orthodoxie; son but est de comprendre et d’expliquer; son seul domaine doit être celui de la science.  Il lui revient de restituer le climat, le contexte culturel qui éclaire les prises de position divergentes ou successives à une époque donnée, en considérant cette dernière en elle-même et non pas par rapport au temps présent.  Le lecteur doit garder à l’esprit la coupure profonde pratiquée par Vatican II dans la culture et les traditions de l’Église catholique, et consentir à faire l’effort qu’exige du voyageur la compréhension des us et coutumes des contrées exotiques.”

— Pierre Trépanier, (1991).  La religion dans la pensée d’Adrien Arcand.  Les Cahiers des dix, (46), 207–247, 212.  https://doi.org/10.7202/1015587ar

Welcome to “Down With Hate!” for the 74th Anniversary of Adrien Arcand’s release from Internment during WWII

Arcand and some of his followers

To celebrate the 74th anniversary marking the end of “the longest internment of its kind in the whole British Empire,”1 Adrien Arcand Books is proud to present rare source materials on the arrest, internment and release of Adrien Arcand.  We focus in particular on a document by communist defector Pat Walsh and another by Adrien Arcand, himself.

“Memorandum And Request Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Internments,” submitted by Adrien Arcand, 1957

“Memorandum And Request Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Internments,” submitted by Adrien Arcand, 1957

Additional materials complement the choice, including excerpts from Hansard, photos of Arcand and his men in the interment camps, a rare audio tape of Louis Saint-Laurent telling the U.N. it’s the “basis of the world government” (required to put an end to wars), and our third new eBook in less than a month, Adrien Arcand’s 1957 Memorandum and Request Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against the Government of Canada for Unjust Internments, to complete our launch trio. The other two new eBooks are already up.  Heading for Ottawa! Canadian Corporatism, and The Inevitability of a Social Reconstruction.

First up, Pat Walsh:  Who is he?

Pat Walsh defected from the Communists on Catholic radio and in the Catholic press on 27th February 1953. His French radio and newspaper interviews are online along with English translations at the Anticommunist Archive.

Pat Walsh was a well known anticommunist of his era. Yet his life and work seem to have gone down George Orwell’s “Memory Hole”. Walsh has no profile in The Canadian Encyclopedia (in contrast, say, to influential Communist, Stanley Bréhaut Ryerson).

Walsh has no profile in Wikipedia, either – odd, given the pleasure taken by Wikipedia in trashing people they call “far right”.

Despite the public vacuum, lecturer Eric Bédard in 2013, at the Quebec library and archives (BAnQ) knew who Walsh was, and mentioned Walsh, along with Robert Rumilly, in a talk Bédard gave on the 1960 Quebec provincial elections.1 Walsh and Rumilly were trying to warn the public about the Jean Lesage Liberals, who nonetheless won a minority government and set up a Council to report to Lesage himself on a communist plan to run Quebec.

Pat was born in Quebec City, Canada, on March the 17th, 1916. His wife’s name was Rose. At the time Pat defected from the Communists, he and Rose had three children. Walsh was fluently bilingual and had a habit of apologizing for his Quebec French accent when speaking English. His interviewers described him as “stocky,” “ruddy-faced,” “a strapping man”.

As an unemployed teen in 1935, Pat Walsh joined the Young Communist League where he was trained in Marxism in Montreal. One of Pat’s professors was none other than Soviet spy and member of Canadian Parliament, Fred Rose, aka Fischel Rosenberg (code name: Dabouz), tried and convicted for espionage in 1946.

After his training, Walsh moved into the Communist party (without a Party card) to become one of its “old-time” reliable agitators. He also led numerous “grass-roots” and trade-union Communist front organizations here in Canada, and was often used as an agitator by the Communists in French-speaking countries.

On learning the truth about the Communists from the gritty inside, Walsh, in secret alliance with other anti-Communists, turned informer and helped to save lives by stopping the Communist scuttling (sinking) of the SS Mont Rolland.

Walsh gave voluntary testimony in 1953 to the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC), adding information to their data on convicted traitor Alger Hiss.

Pat Walsh, in his life and writings, gave us a crucial record of some of the Communist penetration of the WWII war effort, and of Canada generally – especially the federal level – in the period from the late 1930s onward. I recommend Pat’s Secret Communist Agents (1968) and his Inside The Featherbed File (circa 1982).  The latter was purchased by me from The State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Exactly two items by Walsh are found in container number two of Adrien Arcand’s papers in Special Collections at Vanier Campus, Concordia University. I grabbed both items on June 4th, 2019, produced one on a spy ring at the Anticommunist Archive, and the other — a 1963 letter to Mrs. Andrew Hunter “On the subject of Mr. Adrien Arcand” — is transcribed here for the 74th anniversary of Arcand’s release from WWII internment.

  • The Amazing Letter of Pat Walsh from 1963 detailing Federal government public statements of Arcand’s innocence before and after they interned him without a trial

    Pat Walsh (circa 1968)

    Pat Walsh (circa 1968)

    Patrick Walsh’s letter of October 7, 1963, in English, to Mrs. Andrew Hunter of Ville St-Pierre, Quebec, “On the subject of Mr. Adrien Arcand”.  In this testimonial to Arcand’s innocence, Walsh denounces Arcand’s internment and the fact that “he never had a trial” (Walsh’s underline).  Pat Walsh was a well known anticommunist in his day who defected from the communists publicly on 27 Feb 1953, on Catholic radio and on the front page of the Quebec daily paper, L’Action Catholique.  Before he defected, Pat Walsh worked for years, under cover, exposing communist activities to Canada’s national police.  For background on Pat Walsh, and some of his writings, in French and in English, visit the Anticommunist Archive.

  • Arcand’s 1957 plea to the Federal government for war-time internment reparations

    Memorandum And Request Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust InternmentsThis is not a translation.  It is a complete transcript of Adrien Arcand’s typewritten manupscript in English enttled:  “Memorandum And Request Re: Claims Of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government Of Canada For Unjust Internments,” submitted by Adrien Arcand, 1957.  This originally 13-page document on long paper (8.5″x14″), is from Adrien Arcand’s personal papers in the Special Collections at Concordia University’s Vanier Library.  In transcribing it, typographical errors have been corrected for ease of reading.

    MEMORANDUM CITATION, Chicago style: Author (Walsh, Pat). (Typed Draft) Memorandum and Request:  Re: Claims of Canadian nationalists Against the Government of Canada for Unjust Internments submitted by Adrien Arcand [1957]. Identifier (C004). Box number 002, folder number or item number 538-550. Adrien Arcand Collection. Concordia University Library, Special Collections, location of repository (Montreal, Quebec, Canada.)

  • HERE’S WHAT I OWE YOU

    Here’s what I owe you, as promised:  Arcand’s 1957 Memorandum and Request as an eBook (Flash flipbook, PDF and ePub); and a cover Editorial for the 74th Anniversary of Adrien Arcand’s release from WWII internment.

    The Editorial is underway, but I haven’t slept in a couple of days.  I will finish it this week and post it later.

    Also coming:  Hansard of Justice Minister Louis Saint-Laurent, from October 1st, 1945, precisely as quoted by Pat Walsh to Mrs. Andrew Hunter, admitting there was no wrongdoing by Arcand and his National Unity Party of Canada.

    Thank you for your patience!  Happy End-of-Internment Day!

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    1 My exclusive English translation of Eric Bédard’s lecture, “Le 22 juin 1960 — L’élection de Jean Lesage : « un changemen de la vie »?” (June 22nd 1960 — the Electionof Jean Lesage : “a change of life”?) at the Grand Bibliothèque on 28 March 2013.

    Happy Canada Day! Adrien Arcand’s National Unity Party of Canada was founded on July 1st in 1938

    Joyeuse fête du Canada! Le Parti de l’unité nationale du Canada d’Adrien Arcand a été fondé le 1er juillet 1938

    First convention of the NUPC 1 July 1938

    FIRST CONVENTION OF THE NATIONAL UNITY PARTY OF CANADA 1 JULY 1938.  First row, from left to right: Henri Arcand, Gaétan Racicot, Daniel O’Keefe, John Cole, Maurice Scott, Adrien Arcand, Joseph Farr, William Duncan, Stanley Chopp, C.S. Thomas, William McDuff. Second row: John S. Lynds, Marius Gatien, A.G. Smale, John Schio, Jean T. Ramacière, Orner E. Gobeille, Fortunat Bleau, François Padulo, Roméo Biaise, Jean Mercier.  Third row:  Dr. Massina, Hugues Clément, Blaise Lavoie, Louis Leroux, W. Sketcher (or Schecter), Donat Boulanger, E.C. Miller, Leo Brunet, J. Duncan, Gérard Lanctôt.
     
    PREMIER CONGRÈS DU PARTI DE L’UNITÉ NATIONAL DU CANADA, 1er JUILLET 1938. Première rang, de gauche à droite:  Henri Arcand, Gaétan Racicot, Daniel O’Keefe, John Cole, Maurice Scott, Adrien Arcand, Joseph Farr, William Duncan, Stanley Chopp, C.S. Thomas, William McDuff.  Deuxième rang:  John S. Lynds, Marius Gatien, A.G. Smale, John Schio, Jean T. Ramacière, Orner E. Gobeille, Fortunat Bleau, François Padulo, Roméo Biaise, Jean Mercier. Troisième rang:  Dr. Massina, Hugues Clément, Blaise Lavoie, Louis Leroux, W. Sketcher (or Schecter), Donat Boulanger, E.C. Miller, Leo Brunet, J. Duncan, Gérard Lanctôt.
     
    Source:  Library and Archives Canada, RG146, volume 3516, file “PUNC, Montréal”, pocket 2.  Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, RG146, volume 3516, dossier « PUNC, Montréal », pochette 2.

    The National Unity Party of Canada

    This “history” comes directly from the typewriter of Adrien Arcand in 1957, as the entire text of Appendix II to his “Memorandum and Request Re:  Claims of Can­a­dian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Intern­ment”.

    Adrien Arcand circa 1938

    Adrien Arcand circa 1938

    “In the Fall of 1934, a nationalist political association founded by Adrien Arcand and some of his friends was launched in Montreal under the name of Parti National Social Chrétien.  It was intended to deal only with federal politics and to combat in all circumstances Liberalism & its offshoots Socialism and Communism in the Province of Quebec.

    Up to 1938, similar groups cropped up in other Canadian provinces, as a reaction to Communist propaganda, the sitting strikes and violences of the mid thirties and the Spanish Civil War.

    Those various groups got in touch with one another and, after long negotiations, decided to try and merge into a national organisation.

    A convention was called and delegates from eight provinces met for the formation of committees to prepare resolutions in Toronto.  Empowered delegates declared the eight provincial separate parties dissolved and founded a new national organization called the National Unity Party of Canada, with a torch as its emblem and the word “Serviam” as its motto.  A program was adopted, rules were drafted, and Adrien Arcand, the only name suggested by all delegations for leadership, was chosen unanimously.  As predecided by the delegates, all documents were signed by chief delegates in Kingston, Ont., for historical reasons, on July 1st 1938.

    The National Unity Party operated as a school of thought from its inception until September 2, 1939 when its activities and publications were suspended.”

    Admin:  Adrien Arcand reactivated the National Unity Party of Canada after his release from five years and five weeks of internment without trial at the end of WWII.  As Arcand’s health waned toward 1967, he nominated Gérard Lanctôt to fill in as leader.  Lanctôt succeeded him as leader after Arcand’s death, and the party was still active as late as 1991.  Current status yet to be confirmed.

    GOOGLE FRENCH:

    Le Parti de l’unité nationale du Canada

    Cette “histoire” provient directement de la machine à écrire d’Adrien Arcand en 1957, constituant l’intégralité du texte de l’Annexe II de son “Memorandum and Request Re:  Claims of Can­a­dian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Internment”.

    Adrien Arcand circa 1938

    Adrien Arcand circa 1938

    Adrien Arcand vers 1938 – «À l’automne 1934, une association politique nationaliste fondée par Adrien Arcand et certains de ses amis est créée à Montréal sous le nom de Parti national social chrétien.  Il visait uniquement à traiter de la politique fédérale et à combattre en toutes circonstances le libéralisme et ses branches, le socialisme et le communisme dans la province de Québec.

    Jusqu’en 1938, des groupes similaires ont surgi dans d’autres provinces canadiennes en réaction à la propagande communiste, aux grèves assises et aux violences du milieu des années trente et à la guerre civile espagnole.

    Ces différents groupes sont entrés en contact et, après de longues négociations, ont décidé de se fondre dans une organisation nationale.

    Une convention a été convoquée et des délégués de huit provinces se sont réunis pour former des comités chargés de préparer des résolutions à Toronto. Les délégués habilités déclarèrent les huit partis provinciaux séparés dissous et fondèrent une nouvelle organisation nationale appelée Parti de l’unité nationale du Canada, avec pour emblème une flamme et avec le mot «Serviam» pour devise. Un programme a été adopté, des règles ont été rédigées et Adrien Arcand, le seul nom suggéré par toutes les délégations pour le leadership, a été choisi à l’unanimité. Comme prévu par les délégués, tous les documents ont été signés par les délégués en chef à Kingston, en Ontario, pour des raisons historiques, le 1er juillet 1938.

    Le Parti de l’unité nationale a été une école de pensée depuis sa création jusqu’au 2 septembre 1939, date à laquelle ses activités et ses publications ont été suspendues.»

    Admin:  Adrien Arcand a réactivé le Parti de l’unité nationale du Canada après sa libération de cinq ans et cinq semaines d’internement sans procès à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Alors que sa santé s’est détériorée vers 1967, il a nommé Gérard Lanctôt au poste de chef. Lanctôt lui succéda à la tête du parti après la mort d’Arcand. Le parti était toujours actif jusqu’en 1991. Le statut actuel n’a pas été confirmé.

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    Document source:  Author (Arcand, Adrien).  (Draft) Memorandum and Request:  Re : Claims of Canadian nationalists Against the Government of Canada for Unjust Internments / submitted by Adrien Arcand.  1957, identifier (C004).  Box number 002, folder number or item number 538-550.  Adrien Arcand Collection.  Concordia University Library, Special Collections, location of repository (Montreal, Quebec, Canada.)