Exclusive English: “Pat” Walsh Quits The Communists

Category:  Historical Reprints
SourceL’Action Catholique, front page, headline
Quebec-Canada
46th year — No. 14,089
Friday, 27 February 1953

What is L’Action Catholique?

L’Action Catholique (1915-1962), was for a long time the favorite rural daily newspaper, with its articles touching on all the subjects of everyday life.  Known as L’Action Sociale from 1907 to 1915, it subsequently appears as L’Action (1962-1971), then as L’Action Québec from 1971 to 1973.  The pages of this popular daily newspaper distributed in the greater Quebec City area — was a competitor of Le Soleil [The Sun] of the era — burst with information on the concerns of its contemporaries.”

The source of the foregoing description is the Quebec Library and Archives at its on-line collection “L’Action Catholique (1915-1962) en ligne”.

 


 

Pat Walsh quitte les communistes

English Translation by Kathleen Moore

“Pat” Walsh Quits The Communists

By Louis-Philippe Roy

He was a member of ten suspect organizations

Declaration and Interview

 

In the course of an interview, “Pat” Walsh announced to us yesterday his determination to leave the Communist or pro-Communist organizations of which he has been a member for a number of years.  He has even provided us with a detailed declaration, the complete text of which our readers will find on page four.

“Pat” Walsh is a well-known figure in those milieux penetrated by the Communists and their sympathizers.  His resignation from the Canadian Peace Congress, the League of Democratic Rights, the Canadian Union of Wood Workers, the Federation of World Trade Unions, the Workers’ Peace Committee, the Committee for the Rights of Trade Unionists, the League for Civil liberties, the Canadian Seamen’s Committee, the editorial board of the Communist newspapers “Combat”, “Action” and “Canadian Tribune”, of the Voters’ Association of St-Sauveur, will certainly create an unpleasant surprise at the staff headquarters of Tim Buck whose confidence Walsh had possessed to an astonishing degree.
 

The Interests of Moscow First

 
— What is the main reason why you are leaving these various organizations? we asked our speaker.

— The straw that broke the camel’s back, he replied, it’s the way that that our intervention was required on behalf of the Rosenberg couple.  Neither I nor my friends had any objection to calling for leniency for these spies of the “red” regime; but it was insisted that it was necessary at all costs to save them in order to protect Communist espionage.  If these bumblers are executed, according to the spokesman for Moscow, from then on we will have a great deal more difficulty in keeping our spies and in recruiting new ones.&nbsp I thus better understood what had shocked me many times before:  the interests of Moscow take precedence over all else to a point that laymen could not suspect.

“Pat” Walsh explained to us how the Seamen’s Union had already committed grave wrongs in the course of strikes or again by deteriorating materiel recently forwarded to Chiang Kai-Shek.  But he focused above all on the penetration of the Communists and their agents among the lumbermen.
 

Communist penetration of the lumbermen

 
— And it is excessively important, our visitor stipulated, that upon his return from a recent stay in Moscow, Bruce Magnuson, one of those responsible for penetrating the forestry workers in Canada, conveyed the following order:  In the event of a war, be ready to blow up the hydroelectric stations, and to sabotage the pulp and paper industry, even by fire.

In our area, the execution of this order rests on the Lumbermen’s Union, whose president is Gérard Fortin.  As we were astonished by the relative ease with which excellent lumbermen allowed themselves to be enlisted in a communist organization, “Pat” Walsh clarified:

— The agents of the Labor Progressive Party are under strict orders to appear to be as Catholic as the best of them, to the point even of taking the sacraments when the missionary passes by in order to draw off any suspicion elicited by denunciations such as those of L’ACTION CATHOLIQUE.
 

The anticommunism of our newspaper is effective

 
— Do you believe that our persistent campaign against the agents of Moscow and their national or international initiatives is effective?  we asked.
 
— Yes, to an extent that you cannot doubt.  Certain specific denunciations by your newspaper sowed disarray in Tim Buck’s party.  You torpedoed the Quebec delegation to the Toronto congress last year; and more recently, when about a hundred Canadians were to go to Vienna, your manner of unmasking our efforts deprived the organizations of more than eighty memberships … Many sympathizers open their eyes or are taken in hot pursuit when L’ACTION CATHOLIQUE makes names public.  Without wishing to flatter you, I can tell you that your newspaper is the most feared, the one the Communists fear the most because you have unmasked their propagandists.
 
— And what do you think of the Padlock Law?
 

The Padlock Law hinders propaganda

 
— In all frankness, I have to admit that this law is a handicap.  It forces the Communists to camouflage themselves constantly under assumed names which they must frequently change to divert the men of the constabulary.  In Quebec, the Communist Labor Progressive Party is not growing in numbers because of these obstacles.

In the course of this conversation which lasted nearly two hours, “Pat” Walsh went on to very valuable considerations.  We are pleased to note that the anticommunism of our newspaper is bearing fruit, and truly hinders Moscow’s propaganda in our region.  It will be understood that we propose to revisit this as well as Walsh’s Declaration and his Interview, of which the present article is merely a faint echo.

                                                            Louis-Philippe ROY

 

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Réponse de Pat Walsh à Gérard Fortin et Tim Buck

Category:  Historical Reprints
SourceL’Action Catholique, page 9
Québec-Canada
46ième année — No 14,089
Mardi 3 mars 1953

Qu’est-ce que c’est, L’Action catholique ?

« L’Action catholique (1915-1962), a longtemps été le quotidien préféré des ruraux, avec ses chroniques touchant tous les sujets de la vie courante.  Intitulé L’Action sociale de 1907 à 1915, il paraîtra ensuite sous le titre L’Action (1962-1971), puis L’Action-Québec de 1971 à 1973.  Les pages de ce quotidien populaire diffusé dans la grande région de Québec — un rival du Soleil de l’époque — regorgent d’information sur les préoccupations de ses contemporains. »

La source de cette dernière description est la Bibliothèque et archives du Québec dans sa collection « L’Action catholique (1915-1962) en ligne ».

 


Réponse de Pat Walsh
à Gérard Fortin et Tim Buck

Par Louis-Philippe Roy

 
On trouvera plus bas les textes de deux déclarations de M. Pat Walsh, ancien membre de diverses organisations communistes dont les révélations vendredi dernieront causé une certaine sensation au pays.  Dans ces textes, M. Walsh répond à Gérard Fortin, président du local 4 de l’Union des Bûcherons.
 

Réponse à Tim Buck

 
Tim Buck, le chef “apparent” du Parti Communiste au Canada, a déclaré à Toronto que j’étais un membre de l’Armée Républicaine Irlandaise.  Ceux qui connaissent un peu l’histoire d’Irlande savent que la guerre civile en Irlande a pris fin en 1922 avec l’éta­blis­se­ment de l’Etat libre d’Irlande.  Or je suis né en 1916 dans la ville de Québec, ce qui veut dire (selon le raisonnement du monsieur Buck) que je suis allé combattre pour L’ARL avant d’avoir atteint six ans&nbsp… quel soldat précoce tout de même.  Je déclare que je n’ai jamais fait partie de l’Armée Républicaine Irlandaise, et si Buck a été assez imbécile pour me croire quand je lui donne ce prétexte pour ne pas prendre une carte de membre du Parti Communiste, tant pis pour lui car je devine qu’en ce moment certains “camarades” de l’Ambassade Soviétique se préparent à “purger” Tim Buck pour s’être faite si facilement rouler.  Et en plus, si j’avais fait partie, de près ou de loin, de l’Armée Républicaine Irlandaise, mise hors la loi dans tout l’Empire Britannique, la Gendarmerie Royale m’aurait arrêté en 1939 et j’aurais été interné.

Quand Tim Buck parle “d’invention” en ce qui concerne mes accusations, il repète tout simplement un vieux cliché de nos Rouges.  Quand Fred Rose et Sam Carr ont été pris la main dans le sac pour espionnage en 1946, Tim Buck a été le premier à accuser le gouvernement fédérale d’avoir “inventé” les accusations d’espionnage contre les espions à la solde du Kremlin, mais les procès ont prouvé clairement que les Rose et les Carr étaient vraiment des espions.  Que Buck ne s’impatiente pas, je ferai des précisions avant longtemps.
 

Réponse à Gérard Fortin

Avant longtemps j’aurai l’occasion de prouver qui a trahi les Bûcherons, Gérard Fortin ou le sous-signé.  Je m’étonne d’entendre Gérard Fortin parler de “trahison” … lui qui a suivi trois cours spécialisés l’été passé sur le sabotage et l’espionnage dans des écoles secrètes du parti communiste, à Bracebridge dans l’Ontario, lui qui s’est vanté du matériel de guerre destiné au troupes Nationalistes chinoises pendant qu’il était organisateur communiste (pour ne pas dire plus) sur les navires, dans le Pacifique, en 1946.

J’affirme que Fortin a trahi non seulement les bûcherons, mais encore nos marins canadiens et les ouvrières de la Diva Shoe à Richmond en 1950 … en se servant de la classe ouvrière pour mieux camoufler son travail de communiste et de traître à son pays, de plus en se servant de l’argent des cotisations des bûcherons pour l’achat de propagande communiste, pour défrayer ses voyages à Montréal hebdomadairement afin d’assister aux assemblées du comité provincial du parti communiste (POP) et pour d’autres fins de propagande communiste, il se rend coupable de détournement de fonds, car les bûcherons honnêtes qui ont payé leurs cotisations avec de l’argent qu’ils ont si péniblement gagné, vont maintenant savoir que des milliers de dollars des fonds de l’UB et de l’UTCTB ont été employés pour des fins du parti communiste.  Fortin ne perd rien pour attendre et on verra à la fin qui a trahi la classe ouvrière — celui qui prend ses ordres de Moscou et qui jure seulement par Staline, ou celui qui a risqué sa vie pour mieux démasquer les agissements Rouges.

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Response of Pat Walsh to Gérard Fortin and Tim Buck

Category:  Historical Reprints
SourceL’Action Catholique, front page, headline
Quebec-Canada
46th year — No. 14,089
Friday, 27 February 1953

What is L’Action Catholique?

L’Action Catholique (1915-1962), was for a long time the favorite rural daily newspaper, with its articles touching on all the subjects of everyday life.  Known as L’Action Sociale from 1907 to 1915, it subsequently appears as L’Action (1962-1971), then as L’Action Québec from 1971 to 1973.  The pages of this popular daily newspaper distributed in the greater Quebec City area — was a competitor of Le Soleil [The Sun] of the era — burst with information on the concerns of its contemporaries.”

The source of the foregoing description is the Quebec Library and Archives at its on-line collection “L’Action Catholique (1915-1962) en ligne”.

 


Réponse de Pat Walsh
à Gérard Fortin et Tim Buck

Par Louis-Philippe Roy

English translation by Kathleen Moore

 

Further below are the texts of two declarations of Mr. Pat Walsh, former member of various Communist organizations whose revelations last Friday caused more or less a sensation across the country.  In these texts, Mr. Walsh replies to Gérard Fortin, president of local 4 of the Lumbermen’s Union.
 

Reply to Tim Buck

 
Tim Buck, the “apparent” leader of the Communist Party in Canada, declared in Toronto that I was a member of the Irish Republican Army.  Those who know a bit of the history of Ireland know that the civil war in Ireland ended in 1922 with the establishment of the Irish Free State.  Now, I was born in 1916 in the City of Québec, which is to say (according to the logic of Mr. Buck) that I went to fight for the IRA before attaining the age of six … what a precocious soldier all the same.  I declare that I have never been a part of the Irish Republican Army, and if Buck was thick enough to believe me when I gave him this pretext for not taking out a Communist party card, so much the worse for him, because I prophecy that at this very moment certain “comrades” from the Soviet Embassy are preparing to “purge” Tim Buck for being so easy to roll.  And moreover, if I had been a part, from near or from far, of the Irish Republican Army, made illegal in the whole British Empire, the RCMP would have arrested me in 1939 and I would have been interned.

When Tim Buck speaks of “invention” with regard to my accusations, he quite simply repeats an old cliché of our Reds.  When Fred Rose and Sam Carr were caught in the act for espionage in 1946, Tim Buck was the first to accuse the federal government of having “invented” the accusations of espionage against these spies for the Kremlin, however, their trials clearly proved that the Roses and the Carrs were really spies.  Let Buck not lose patience, I will provide details soon.
 

Reply to Gérard Fortin

Before long, I will have occasion to prove who has betrayed the Lumbermen, Gérard Fortin or the under-signed.  I am astounded to hear Gérard Fortin speak of “trahison” (betrayal) … he who followed three specialized courses this past summer in sabotage and espionage in the secret schools of the Communist Party, at Bracebridge in Ontario, he who bragged about war materiel destined for the National Chinese troops when he was Communist organiser (to say no more) on the ships, in the Pacific, in 1946.

I affirm that Fortin betrayed not only the Lumbermen, but also the Canadian seamen and the workers of Diva Shoe in Richmond in 1950 … by using the working class to better camouflage his Communist work and his treason to his country, moreover in using money from the membership fees of the Lumbermen to pay for Communist propaganda, to cover the costs of weekly trips to Montreal to attend meetings of the provincial committee of the Communist Party (POP) and for other Communist propaganda uses, he is guilty of embezzlement of funds, because the honest Lumbermen who paid their dues with the money they so strenuously earned, will now know that thousands of dollars of UB and UTCTB funds were used for the purposes of the Communist Party.  it will cost Fortin nothing to wait, and we will see at the end who has betrayed the working class — he who took orders from Moscow and swore only by Stalin, or he who risked his life to better unmask Red activities.

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