Mr. W. G. BOCK (Maple Creek):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the indulgence of hon. members for any imperfections they may observe in my attempt to present a few remarks in connection with the speech from the throne. Being a plain western farmer with no claims to oratorical ability and with but a very scant knowledge of parliamentary procedure, I trust their criticisms with regard to any observations I may make will be tempered with kindness, in return for which I shall endeavour to be as brief as possible.
In the first place I should like to congratulate the hon. member for Hants-Kings (Mr. Ilsley) who made so splendid an address on Friday last, and also to make mention of the very able manner in which the hon. member for Provfncher (Mr. Beaubien) acquitted himself. I hope at some future time I may be able to present my remarks with the same assurance and ease of manner which my hon. friends displayed on that occasion. I also wish to congratulate the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) on his having been elected to that high position, and, like many other Liberals present no doubt, I hope that he may long continue to hold that position.
I have been so much impressed by the grandeur and the splendour of these historic halls that I fear I may not be able to do justice this evening to my constituents, conscious that I am surrounded by brilliant statesmen and gifted orators. I can only comfort myself by remembering that, unschooled and inexperienced in parliamentary lore, nevertheless, as I wish to assure hon. members, I am sincere in my desire to be of service to my constituents and to Canada as a whole.