William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as to-day has been set apart for the official recognition of the birthday of His Majesty, King George VI, I am sure hon. members would desire to have an expression of their wishes extended to His Majesty. I have spoken to my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Graydon), and he and I have agreed upon a resolution which, we believe, hon. members would be prepared to support. I would therefore move, seconded by the leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition:
That a humble address be sent to His Majesty, King George VI, in the following words:
"To the King's Most Excellent Majesty:
Most Gracious Sovereign:
On this day set apart for the official celebration of Your Majesty's birthday, we. the members of the House of Commons of Canada, in parliament assembled, desire respectfully to extend our loyal greetings and heartfelt good wishes to Your Majesty.
The devotion to duty and high courage which you have continuously shown throughout the present war have been an inspiration to the people of Canada, to the peoples of the British commonwealth, and, indeed, to those of all of the united nations.
We pray that Divine Providence may continue. to guide and. protect Your Majesty and that you may be given strength to meet, at all times, the great responsibilities of your high office.
May you witness an early triumph of the forces of freedom and share with your peoples everywhere, for many years to come, the blessings of a just and enduring peace."
Subtopic: RESOLUTION EXTENDING GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES TO HIS MAJESTY