Patrick Walsh

Exclusive Profile of Patrick Walsh

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Profile of Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh was born in Quebec City and depending on the source you read, it was either in 1916 (L’Action Catholique 1953) or in 1919 (HUAC testimony, 1953) 1.  Walsh’s wife was named Rose; she passed away in October of 1968 from a sudden heart attack while Pat was on speaking tour in Australia.  At the time Walsh defected from the Communists in February of 1953, he and Rose had three children 2.  Walsh was fluently bilingual and had a habit of apologizing for his Quebec French accent when speaking English, either during lectures to the Australian League of Rights (ALOR) or while delivering voluntary testimony before the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC).

As an unemployed teen in 1935, Pat Walsh joined the Young Communist League where he was trained in Marxism in Montreal.3  One of his professors was none other than soon-to-be convicted Soviet spy and member of the Canadian Parliament, Fred Rose, aka Fred Rosenberg.4  Fred Rose and many others were exposed by Igor Gouzenko, who defected from the Soviet Embassy to reveal the Canadian government was riddled with Soviet spy rings! 5  Gouzenko’s exposé led to the “spy trials” in Canada, which in turn triggered the McCarran hearings (House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC for short) in the USA, for which Pat Walsh testified in 1953.

On completing his basic education with Rose, Walsh then moved into the Communist party (although without a Party card 6) 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.7 8

However, learning the truth about the Communists from the gritty inside, Walsh, in secret alliance with anti-Communists, turned informer 9 10  and helped to save lives by stopping the Communist scuttling (sinking) of the SS Mont Rolland11

At the age of 37, in his testimony to the Un-American Activities Subcommittee in 1953, Walsh — referred to as “the stocky witness” in a New York Times 12 news wire — apologized to the subcommittee for the French accent in his perfect English! 13

The Troy Record 14 (also New York) of July 14th, 1953 called Walsh the “stocky, ruddy-faced Canadian”, while the Editor-in-Chief of L’Action Catholique, in a taped interview dated 27th February 1953 by CBC-Radio archives, calls Walsh a “costaud” in French 15, meaning a “strapping” man in English.  (At the time of the radio interview, which is the time of his resignation from the Communists, Pat Walsh is married to Rose and has three children. 16)

The New York Times 17 news wire went on to state that Walsh “spoke with an accent that he called French but also seemed to have a touch of brogue”.

In reporting Walsh’s testimony, the Times 18 press release, cited in The Montreal Gazette of July 14th, 1953, mentioned that Walsh had quit the Communist Party and allied causes in February of 1953 after more than 18 years of pro-Communist activities.

Walsh walked out on the Communists when the Party issued orders to blow up Canadian hydroelectric plants 19 20  concentrated in the Shipshaw Dam area, in the Lake St. John district of Quebec, in the event of war with Soviet Russia.  This is interesting because when he defected, Igor Gouzenko insisted the U.S.S.R., our peculiar late “ally” in WWII, indeed was planning and expecting to wage a war against the West. 21

Walsh pointed out that if the targeted plants were sabotaged, it would deal a “crippling blow” to world aluminum production “because the huge majority of the aluminum is made in Arvida, in Canada.” 22

Walsh did not mention, but other sources confirm that the purpose of the aluminum production from the power generated by Shipshaw was largely aimed at the massive sheets required to build war-time aircraft. 23

The Communist Party also ordered Walsh and his fellow Communist agitators to start forest fires 24 “in every place where we had Communist Party members who were reliable”.  Those locations included the Canada-U.S.A. international boundary.  “For example,” said Walsh, “in Maine, on both sides of the border”.

The Lewiston Evening Journal of July 14th, 1953, enlarged upon Walsh’s testimony in a segment entitled “Maine at The Front” 25:

“That Maine is at the very front of a possible air or other invasion route is indicated by the maintenance of big air bases.

An ex-Red testified before a House committee at Albany, N.Y., that Communists had been instructed to set forest fires along the Maine-Canadian border and to sabotage hydro-electric power plants in case of war between Russia and the West.”

The segment finished:

“Also, he said, that a 1949 shipping strike was a Red plot to wreck the Marshall Plan.

Patrick Walsh, 37-year-old labor leader from Quebec City, said that as late as last September, Communists had been alerted to sabotage Canadian hydro electric plants and set fire to forests in the event of war with Russia.”

Patrick Walsh was already working undercover with anti-Communists before he walked out on the Communist Party.

Walsh said he “woke up, so to speak” and “decided to break away from the Communists” when he “finally realized to what extent that such things as treason and sabotage and murder and assassination were part and parcel of the Communist doctrine and practice.” 26

Mr. Pat Walsh testifies before the H.U.A.C. at Albany, N.Y., July 1953

Mr. Pat Walsh testifies before the H.U.A.C. at Albany,
N.Y., July 1953

In his testimony on that event to the 1953 subcommittee, Walsh said that he “was able to cooperate with various anti-Communist groups in giving them advance information and to put the brakes on many violent” disruptions organized by the Communists. 27

Moreover, Walsh observed: 

“[I]n my experiences in the Communist movement I have often noticed the utter and callous disregard of the Communist leaders toward the rank and file.  I have noticed that not only in Canada, but in European countries.

For example, in France during the great coal strike of 1918 there were some French miners there who were killed; others were wounded and others were blacklisted for life just because the Communist Party wanted to carry on a political strike which had nothing to do with the wages or increased living conditions, or any other trade-union principles.” 28

In his tape-recorded interview with Editor-in-Chief Louis-Philippe Roy of L’Action Catholique on 27 February 1953 29, Pat Walsh makes clear that Communist objectives in penetrating or setting up trade unions are aimed primarily at recruiting workers for industrial sabotage and political strikes.  The Reds (meaning Moscow) were so disinterested in workmen’s wages that in one case the Communist-controlled Union made the embarrassing mistake of “demanding” increases that were lower than the salaries the men were then earning. 30  When the workmen caught on that they were being used, they defected in droves from the Union.

Walsh continued his Party activities only because he had

“met some people who were undercover agents within the Communist Party and who convinced me that I should continue in order to gather as much information as possible, so that I would be able to testify later on as to the extent and to the seriousness of the menace of communism which, unfortunately, the people in Canada at that time did not take very seriously”. 31

But the Party’s orders to Walsh and his fellow Communists to blow up Canadian power plants to cripple his country in case of war with Russia, along with his disgust with the atomic spies, the Rosenbergs were “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. 32 33

Quite specifically, Walsh declared:

“Now, I knew, from a study of the Rosenbergs’ case, that, in my opinion, both Rosenbergs were guilty and I was not surprised that such people had been carrying on espionage activities, because of my long experience with the Communist Party, and in my heart and soul I knew that they had had every possible chance for defending themselves and that they could thank God they were living in America where they had the right to have a lawyer and to defend themselves and to enjoy the benefits of counsel, something which is denied to every citizen in the Soviet Union and every other country behind the Iron Curtain.1 … and in my heart and soul I could not endorse or have anything to do with something which smacked of treason.”

How Long Had Pat Walsh
Worked for the Anti-Communists?

In his testimony to the Subcommittee, Patrick Walsh gives no hint of the date when he “woke up” and “decided to break away from the Communists”.  The words “break away from” are not necessarily equivalent to the words, i.e., “stop working for”.

What is clear is that Walsh remained with the Communists after his “wake-up”, and began to work for the anti-Communists, “giving them advance information” 34 about Communist subversive activities.

However, an article entitled L’Affaire Norman Revisited 35, published in December of 1968 by The Edmund Burke Society, suggests that Walsh turned informant as early as 1940.  That would be some thirteen years at least before his testimony to the Subcommittee in 1953 at age 37, and inside the first five years of his joining the Young Communist League at age 19, and then training in Marxism with “professor” and Soviet spy, Fred Rose (aka Rosenberg).

L’Affaire Norman Revisited” refers to William A. Rusher’s new book” 36 (in 1968), two chapters of which cover

“the strange case of E. Herbert Norman, the Japanese-born communist, whose career as a Soviet agent in our Foreign Service came to an abrupt end with his suicide in Cairo in 1957″.

EBS continues with the following disclosure:

“Prior to the … [Rusher] revelations and unknown to the Canadian people, the RCMP had tumbled to [E. Herbert] Norman’s game as early as 1940, as a result of information from an undercover informant in the Communist fifth column who subsequently became an RCMP agent.”

In a memorandum of October 1950, based on that information, the RCMP exposed Norman to none other than Lester Bowles Pearson (known to the FBI at least as of 1951 as a Soviet espionage agent 37).  Pearson protected Norman:  “Norman was not called to account, he was not arrested, he was not discharged.”.  Instead, Pearson reassigned him.

Meanwhile, independent testimony arose (the Wittfogel testimony 38) to corroborate the source on which the RCMP memorandum of October 1950 had been based.  Again, Pearson protected Norman.

However, in stepped none other than the “famous undercover informant” of 1940 from whose “intelligence” the RCMP had prepared that memorandum.  That informant, we are now told, was none other than Patrick Walsh.

Walsh “publicly vouched for the accuracy of his information” to the RCMP in 1940. 39 (By that time, Walsh had become research director for the Canadian Intelligence Publications of Flesherton, Ontario.)

Pat Walsh testified:

“I met Norman personally in Toronto in the thirties … when I was with The Canadian League Against War and Fascism and he was secretary of the Canadian Friends of The Chinese People, a commie front.  He was introduced to me as ‘Comrade Norman’.  A chap by the name of A. A. McLeod, who later became a Communist member of the Ontario Legislature and editor of the Communist Canadian Tribune told me that he had sponsored Norman as Secretary.” 49

Subsequent to his 1940 intelligence, EBS tells us, Patrick Walsh “became an RCMP agent”. 50

Pat Walsh therefore seems to have spent most of his career as a Communist agitator — as a double agent against the Reds — from at least 1940 to his formal withdrawal in February of 1953.

An untold story therefore exists of Patrick Walsh’s daring work against Communism in those years.

The Evidence of Pat Walsh
Against Alger Hiss

In a public hearing before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Un-American Activities 50 held on Monday, July 13th, 1953 in Albany, New York, the first witness was Patrick “Pat” Walsh.  Walsh’s testimony was publicized in numerous American and Canadian newspapers.

Walsh supplied a significant piece of evidence against Alger Hiss, from the time when Hiss was Secretary General of the San Francisco Conference, founding the UN, being “Walsh Exhibit No. 1” Parts 1, 2 and 3, as published in its own hearing transcript by the Subcommittee (page 2399). 51

As the backdrop to his evidence against Alger Hiss, Walsh unfolds in cinematic detail the extraordinary Soviet-Communist worldwide control of the world’s shipping through Seamen’s Unions, and its numerous methods.  The central event of the backdrop is the strike of the International Seamen’s Union (ISU), of which the Canadian seamen’s deep-sea strike of 1949 is a part.  Walsh was in the thick of that strike, as a Communist agitator amongst the Canadian seamen.

The ISU strike, according to Walsh, was engineered by hard-core Communist agitators for the U.S.S.R. to defeat the post-WWII Marshall relief plan. 52  The Marshall plan was a United States program of economic aid for the reconstruction of Europe (1948-1952) named after George Marshall. 53

That strike, which tied up ports around the world, threatened to destroy Canada’s merchant marine.  It dealt a shuddering blow to national economies.  It profoundly undermined international shipping of food and medical supplies at a time when post-War Europe was in ruins and its people starving.

The action unfolds in numerous major ports on Earth.  Walsh’s impeccable memory for color and detail, supported by documents he gives to the Subcommittee, confirms every word of his testimony which the Subcommittee, in concluding, declares wholly credible. 54

However, the centerpiece of Walsh’s revelations to the Subcommittee is an article by Sir Walter Citrine 55, the first president of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), who belonged to the British Labor Movement.  The article was published in the first issue of Le Movement Syndical Mondial brought out in April 1946 only in French, and a copy of which Pat Walsh obtained while in Paris, France. 56 For the Subcommittee, Walsh translated the title of the publication as: The World Trade Union Movement.

Paraphrasing Pat Walsh’s congressional testimony, the San Francisco Conference had refused official UN recognition to the World Federation of Trade Unions on the ground that:

“it was obvious that the World Federation of Trade Unions was a Soviet body, and they didn’t want any friction; so, they just refused recognition.” 57

Said Walsh:

According to Sir Walter Citrine, during the San Francisco conference an attempt was made to obtain the recognition of the World Federation of Trade Unions as a bona fide trade-union body representing organized workers from all parts of the globe and demanding the right to name representatives as consultants to the San Francisco conference, which was the founding body of the United Nations.  The recognition was refused. 58

However, subsequently, then Secretary General of the San Francisco Conference, Mr. Alger Hiss, defied that decision of the Conference by intervening personally to aid the efforts of the Soviet WFTU in circulating its propaganda “immediately and officially … to all delegates participating in the San Francisco Conference”. 59

This fact was reported by Sir Walter Citrine in the article signed by him in the first issue of the WFTU’s own French publication, whose limited circulation was directed largely to “top Communist leaders”. 60

As quoted by Walsh, translating from the French of Citrine, Sir Walter Citrine disclosed in the pages of the WFTU’s Le Movement Syndical Mondial:

[O]fficial notification [was received] from the then Secretary General of the San Francisco Conference, Mr. Alger Hiss, “that all correspondence” — I am quoting here from the French translation — “that all correspondence that the World Federation of Trade Unions should decide to make to this Conference on any subject whatsoever could be made in the form of a memorandum that will immediately and officially be distributed to all delegates participating in the San Francisco Conference.” 61

Further on, Walsh notes that the World Federation of Trade Unions was expelled from France 62 and their offices closed down by the French Government in 1952 because it was proved the WFTU was carrying on Soviet activities.

Pat Walsh Officially Withdraws

When Walsh became what the newspapers called an “ex-Red” in February of 1953, according to his July 13th 1953 testimony to the Un-American Activities Subcommittee 63, he “resigned from all Communist organizations,” and he “named specifically at least 9 or 10 organizations” where he had held executive positions.

Walsh also got together “as many documents and letters as possible,” and “timed” his “resignation so that it would have the most effect against Communist Party plans in Canada.”

Walsh appears to have selected L’Action Catholique to break the news to Tim Buck, leader of the Communist Labor Progressive Party (LPP) (the pseudonym of the Communist Party in Canada) 64 because, said Walsh in his Statement and Resignation published in full on page 4 on 27th February 1953:

“[L’Action Catholique] is the most feared, the one the Communists fear the most because you have unmasked their propagandists.” 65

Walsh himself then proceeds in the pages of L’Action Catholique to unmask more names.

Reds Threaten to Blow Up
Church and Presbytery

About a week after Walsh resigned from the Communists, the Ottawa Journal  of Thursday, March 5th (page 7) 66 reports that “a letter” had been received by Rev. Father Pierre Gravel, threatening that anti-Communist statements made by Walsh “would justify blowing up the church and presbytery”.  Walsh was a member of Father Gravel’s parish in Boischatel, Quebec where Walsh also made his home.

According to the Ottawa Journal, Quebec Premier “Mr. Duplessis in his weekly press conference, said provincial police officers” had been “despatched to Boischatel”. 67  The priest, Father Gravel, is described in the article as a “bitter opponent of Communist activity in the Eastern townships”.  The Journal goes on to report that “Walsh has said he has not asked and did not plan to ask for police protection.”

In his CBC-Radio interview with Walsh on 27th February 1953, at the time of Walsh’s public resignation from the Communists, Louis-Philippe Roy of L’Action Catholique asked Pat: 

“Do you fear any reprisals for you and your family?” 68

Walsh replied,

“Uh — so to say, I anticipate certain reprisals, but I am not afraid at all.  I would be able to confront these reprisals.” 69

In an item entitled “Worshippers Defy Alleged Threat To Bomb Church” published on Monday, March 9th, 1953 70, The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida reported that in Boischatel, Quebec, Roman Catholics had

“defied an alleged Communist threat to bomb their church here and prayed today under police protection.  Plainclothesmen mingled with worshipers, and despite the reported threat, parishioners filled the church.”

The Post continued:  “Police also took up a vigil outside, carefully scrutinizing faces watching for any strangers in this small village …”.  “Police protection had been ordered by Premier Maurice Duplessis”.

Still under the banner of that day’s major Quebec headline, “Pat Walsh Quits Communist Organizations” 71, CBC moderator Roland Lelièvre concludes Louis-Philippe Roy’s radio interview with Patrick Walsh in the warmest of words:

“I thank you very much, Mr. Walsh.  Certainly on behalf of the fraternity of Catholic Quebec, which welcomes you today with joy.” 72



Information on Patrick Walsh is not easy to come by.  The profile given here has taken digging, and translation.  The year 1953 produced the most complete record of events, perhaps because Walsh repeatedly made the headlines, first in L’Action Catholique  where he blew the Communist apparatus in Canada out of the water in February; then as a voluntary witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), where he underscored the guilt of Alger Hiss with new evidence in July.  The fact that Walsh ran in the October 1953 federal elections is much less obvious.  Other facts on his life remain to be developed on a point-by-point basis, with dates when available. 

Pat Walsh Life Inventory



Pat Walsh was a military policeman in the Canadian Army during WWII.  He landed in Normandy on “D” Day.  Being French-speaking, he worked with the resistance in France.  Walsh had lived and worked in many different lands and served in the merchant navy.  Source:  reported by John Lane for On Target, 14 October 1988, Australian League of rights (ALOR).


Walsh had been an undercover agent for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, successfully infiltrating and destroying much of the Communist Party structure in Canada at that time.  Source:  reported by John Lane for On Target, 14 October 1988, Australian League of rights (ALOR).


Pat Walsh ran in the federal elections of 8th October as an independent candidate from Quebec East riding under the “anticommunist” banner, obtaining 333 votes, or 1.01% of the national vote.


At page 3 of the February 1954 edition for Montreal of the syndical publication La Voix Des Manuels (Published by the Canadian Municipal Employees Brotherhood), “Romeo Mathieu denied the Accusation” brought by Pat Walsh.  The item reports:

[Translation:]  Mr. Pat Walsh, a former Communist, yesterday accused Mr. Roméo Mathieu, international representative (COI-CCT) and secretary of the FUIQ.  He declared that Mr. Mathieu is a secret member of the Labor Progressive (Communist) Party and that the assembly at the St. James Market protesting Bills 19 and 20 was supported by the same party.

Confrère Mathieu denied this accusation which he would like to have in writing in order to refute its author point by point.



Patrick Walsh participated with John Boland, a Conservative, in the 1957 federal elections; which resulted in a law suit by Boland for defamation against a member of the press who had slandered Boland for his anticommunist platform.  Boland had been accompanied in his campaign by Pat Walsh as a guest speaker.  The judgment of Justice Cartwright for the Supreme court of Canada dated January 26th, 1960, in favor of Boland, is available online:  Globe and Mail Ltd. v. Boland, [1960] SCR 203, 1960 CanLII 2 (SCC).

Justice Cartwright quoted the appellant Globe and Mail’s statement of defence which describes Walsh’s involvement in Boland’s 1957 election campaign:

“During the campaign preceding the Federal Elections of June 10, 1957, the Plaintiff, as a Candidate for election, was seeking the support of the electors in Parkdale Riding in the City of Toronto, as an Independent Conservative Candidate.  The Plaintiff, as part of his campaign, introduced the issue that the Liberal Government was employing pro-Communists in the Department of External Affairs and was soft on Communism.  This issue was further developed at a Public Meeting held at Parkdale Collegiate Auditorium on 23rd May, 1957, when one, Pat Walsh, addressed the meeting in the interest of the Plaintiff.  The raising of this issue by the Plaintiff was the subject of discussion and comment in the Public Press.”

The appellant Globe and Mail then argued that:

“By reason of such circumstances it was the duty of the Defendant to publish and in the interests of the Public to receive communications and comments with respect to the Candidature of the Plaintiff and by reason of this the said words were published under such circumstances and upon such occasion as to render them privileged.”

Boland, who was a lawyer, deemed those comments defamatory and sued.

In throwing out the Globe and Mail’s appeal, Justice Cartwright quoted Chief Justice Cockburn in Campbell v. Spottiswoode [1863], 3 B. & S. 769 at 777, 122 E.R. 288:

“It is said that it is for the interests of society that the public conduct of men should be criticised without any other limit than that the writer should have an honest belief that what he writes is true.  But it seems to me that the public have an equal interest in the maintenance of the public character of public men; and public affairs could not be conducted by men of honour with a view to the welfare of the country, if we were to sanction attacks upon them, destructive of their honour and character, and made without any foundation.”



In his very interesting lecture on the “Quiet Revolution” for the Grand Bibliothèque in Montreal on 28 March 2013, Éric Bédard centres on the 1960 Quebec provincial elections.  Present on the scene in 1960 were both Patrick Walsh and Quebec historian Robert Rumilly, who like Walsh is an anticommunist.

Bédard reports:  [Translation:]

“In a brief report on June 1st, the Montréal-Matin explained why ‘Pat Walsh, the well-known anticommunist leader, announced that he would campaign against René Lévesque’, as if it were normal to view René Lévesque as a Communist!” 

Mr. Rumilly is in the thick of this campaign of 1960.  He circulates a pamphlet and holds a radio-side chat the title of which — “L’infiltration gauchiste dans les élections provinciales” (The Leftist Infiltration of the Provincial Elections) — reprises the title of his 1956 book:  L’Infiltration gauchiste au Canada français.  Both Walsh and Rumilly thus are present, warning of danger.  Both are ignored; but both are right.  In 1961, the winning Lesage “Liberal” government will attempt to construct a Communist Plan to run Quebec (source:  1972 manifesto of the Parti Québécois, Quand nous serons vraiment chez nous, pages 101-103).

Moreover, the 1972 manifesto of the Parti Québécois, led by Lévesque, demonstrates that the intention of the Parti Québécois was to create an independent Communist state, on the model of worker self-management introduced in Yugoslavia from 1950 forward under (Marshall) Josip Broz Tito.  The title of the manifesto is Quand nous serons vraiment chez nous (When we will truly be at home).  (Free download of the French original plus an exclusive English translation.)


An inset entitled “PATRICK WALSH TRAGEDY” at page 7 of The New Times, Vol. 34, No. 10 of the Annual Dinner and Seminar issue of the Australian League of Rights in October 1968, reports:

“It is with deep regret that we record that in the middle of his most successful Australian tour, Mr. Pat Walsh received the sad news that his wife Rose had suddenly died from a heart attack.  He returned to Canada immediately.  We know that all our readers will join with us in extending deepest sympathies to Mr. Walsh and his family at this time.  It was particularly tragic that Mrs. Walsh should have passed away while her husband was so far away.  During practically the whole of her married life Mrs. Rose Walsh made tremendous sacrifices in raising her family while her husband was so much of the time away from home on security and related matters.  This was loyalty of the highest order, and should be an inspiration for all those fighting to save Civilisation.  We know that this inspiration will help to carry Patrick Walsh on to continue fighting the good fight.  We look forward to his return to Australia as soon as practical.”


In November of 1988, The New Times, Vol. 52, No. 11, at page 2 of its Annual Dinner Issue, reported the attendance of Pat Walsh for the celebrations.  Walsh presented a paper in which he linked mass immigration to Canada with national defense issues:

“Mr. Patrick Walsh warned that a programme of multi-racialism was making it increasingly difficult for nations like Australia and Canada to defend themselves.  Canada’s “open door” immigration policy was producing frightening results which should be a warning to Australia.  Mr. Walsh revealed how a member of the Israeli Mossad had been involved with Sikh terrorists based in Canada, who had been responsible for the bomb explosion, which destroyed an Air India flight with a tragic loss of life.  Another Air India plane had exploded on the ground in Japan, killing a number of Japanese.”

A photo of Walsh accompanied the report and was captioned:  “Veteran freedom fighter Patrick Walsh brings a warning from Canada”.

Mr. Walsh was right.  Tragic proof of which is the disintegration of the multi-racial armed forces of the former Yugoslavia, as that country foundered under a new form of international assault combining economic subversion and a statement by France prematurely declaring the country in a state of dissolution.  Indeed, seditious influences were able to penetrate that multiracial state and turn its citizens against each other.  In the Debates of 1865, the founding fathers of Canada wished to avoid multiracialism as far as possible, because of its historically proven outcome of destabilization and social violence.  However, Canada’s Immigration Department, under the Soviet-penetrated Liberals of Lester Pearson and then of Pierre Trudeau, began escalating multiracialism in the 1960s, with perhaps deliberate intent to disintegrate the country to prevent it from defending itself against a future Soviet attack.

Also in 1988, Pat Walsh was Research Director for the Canadian League of Rights, and a correspondent for a number of different journals.  John Lane reports (On Target, 14 October 1988, for the Australian League of rights (ALOR):

A most entertaining and authoritative man, Pat Walsh has stunned audiences with: revelations concerning legal and illegal immigration into Canada; the role of the K.G.B. and Mossad in so-called anti-Semitism; the fact that an Israeli colonel was brought to Canada to mastermind the activities of the Sikh terrorists who blew up an Air India plane, killing over 200 people.

He [Walsh] has also revealed the farcical nature of the coming “war crimes” trials in Canada, Australia, and possibly the U.K.  Mr. Walsh claims the trials are a cover up for the activities of today’s terrorists, who continue to do what the Nazis ceased doing 40 years ago.”


Pat Walsh (left) and Eric D. Butler (right) escort Mrs. Butler to dinner (1968)

Pat Walsh (left) and Eric D. Butler (right) escort Mrs. Butler to dinner (1968)

Pat Walsh delivering a paper to the Australian League of Rights (ALOR) in 1988

Pat Walsh delivering a paper to the Australian League of Rights (ALOR) in 1988

Patrick Walsh went on to become a well known anti-Communist author and lecturer.  One of his lectures to the Victorian League of Rights in Australia in 1968 is featured at this web site:


However, his best-known pamphlet today is probably “Inside the Featherbed File? Canada’s Watergate — The Story of Treason in Ottawa“.  Circa 1982, it documents top-down Soviet penetration of the Canadian federal government.
DRAFT footnotes:
*  “As though there was no boundary”:  the Shipshaw project and continental integration.  (US influence in Shipshaw hydroelectric project in Quebec, 1941-43), American Review of Canadian Studies.
1  These rights are also denied in Quebec to targeted individuals.
2  The original exchange in French was as follows:

“Est-ce que vous craignez quelques représailles pour vous et votre famille ?”


“Euh — c’est-à-dire que j’appréhende certaines représailles, mais je ne crains pas du tout.  Je serai capable de faire face à ces représailles.”

3  The French headline in L’Action Catholique was:  “Pat” Walsh quitte les communistes.  The CBC-Radio interview of 27 February 1953 carries a similar title:  “Pat Walsh quitte les organisations communistes”.
4  In French, Roland Lelièvre of the CBC Radio-Canada said:  “Je vous remercie beaucoup, Monsieur Walsh.  Certainement de la fraternité du Québec Catholique qui vous accueille avec joie aujourd’hui.”

Sources for this article:

  1. “Investigation of Communist activities in the Albany, N.Y., area. Hearings by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities”,

  2. CBC Radio Archives, audio broadcast and broadcast credits:

  3. L’Action catholique (1915-1962) en ligne:

  4. “Ex-Red Courier Says He Originated Charges Against Norman in 1940”, By Warren Unna, Staff Reporter, The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959), Washington, D.C., Apr 19, 1957, p. A11

  5. The Ottawa Journal, Saturday, March 7, 1953, p. 36

  6. New York Times (news wire)

  7. The Troy Record (also New York) of July 14th, 1953

  8. The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida, Monday, March 9th, 1953.


39  xxxxxx; Also see “Ex-Red Courier Says He Originated Charges Against Norman in 1940


ADD – Walsh runs in the federal elections of 1953 as an “Anticommunist” and apparently independent candidate.  On xxx October, the newcomer receives xxx% of the vote.

ADD – Walsh is on the scene in Quebec during the 1960 provincial elections … along with none other than Robert Rumilly. The two anticommunists make distinct appearances, generate press and broadcast coverage, but fail to succeed in warning Quebecers that the Lesage Liberals are closet Communists. Get info out of Eric Bedard’s 2013 lecture for the BANQ in Montreal: “Le 22 ju9in 1960 – L’Election de Jean Lesage <>”
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xx  French original:  “Durant toute la campagne, René Lévesque fut plusieurs fois présentée comme un cryptocommuniste.  Dans un entrefilet du 1er juin, le Montréal-Matin expliquait que « Pat Walsh, chef anticommuniste bien connu, a annoncé qu’il ferait la campagne contre René Lévesque », comme s’il était normal de surveiller René Lévesque en tant que communiste !”

xxx  “Accusation niée par Roméo Mathieu”  “M. Pal Walsh, ancien communiste, portait hier une accusation contre M. Roméo Mathieu, représentant international (COI-CCT) et secrétaire de la FUIQ.  Il a déclaré que M. Mathieu est un membre secret du parti ouvrier progressiste (communiste) et que l’assemblée du Marché St-Jacques en protestation des bills 19 et 20 était appuyée par le même parti.”  “Le confrère Mathieu a nié cette accusation qu’il veut avoir par écrit pour la réfuter point par point à son auteur.”