March 15, 1946

PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, there are not many occasions when I can generously support a motion made by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King). This however is one time when I can. I regard it as' a very great honour and a very great privilege to support and to second a motion of this kind.

With what the Prime Minister has said about His Excellency our Governor General I am in entire accord. The present Governor ^General of Canada has brought distinction and dignity to a position which in the last few years has required unusual, tact, and poise and judgment. During his term of office he has -ably represented the crown and maintained the great respect for that institution which is

The Governor General

everywhere prevalent in Canada. And as for his consort, Her Royal Highness the Princess Alice, she has brought to her position a grace and a charm, which will be long remembered particularly by the women of Canada who have had the privilege of meeting her.

'Mr. Speaker, had I been drafting this resolution there are two or three things I would have .added. I would have asked His Excellency, for instance, to take back to Britain the general appreciation of the people of Canada to the British people for the way they faced, the perils of the last six years and for the way they are facing the problems of to-day. I would have asked him to tell them, that we recognize they have given not only the .blood of their sons but also a quarter of the total of their material wealth in order to head off the domination of the world by a false .philosophy. I would have asked him to tell them that we shall not. forget that twice in a generation they have stood between Canada and defeat in war. Finally, I would have asked him to tell them that we in ,Canadh shall not fail to remember these things in the fateful and challenging days upon which we are entering.

As I said, it is a privilege to have the opportunity of seconding this motion. I trust that they will take back with them happy memories of Canada, and that they will live long and further cement the ties which bind this country to Britain and to the British traditions of justice which everyone in Canada so much admires.

Topic:   THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   FAREWELL ADDRESS BY BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I should very much like to associate this group with the motion which has just been made by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and also perhaps with the suggestion of the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bracken) as to the expansion of the terms of the resolution.

As the Prime Minister has said, we have been well served in Canada by His Excellency and his charming consort. They have followed the constitutional procedures of our country and the traditional usages of the land from which they came and whose institutions we follow so closely.

Saying good-bye to them takes me back a good many years. When I was a lad, the first time I ever saw any members of the royal family was when the present Governor General of Canada and his young and beautiful lady visited the small college in which I was a student. At that time it was known as Exeter university college; to-day it is the university of Southwest England. I well remember the charm of that visit, and, per-63260-2i

haps because of that, I have been interested in watching Their Highnesses for some years. I have been glad to notice that they have always taken a .profound interest in the welfare of the people. I recollect that when they were in South Africa they were most active in assisting in every way possible the re-housing of the people, who dwelt in the depressed areas around Cape Town; and in our own country they have long advocated, with constitutional circumspection, improved educational facilities, and in these respects have shown judgment and breadth of vision. While I find it very difficult to discover any logical reason for the continuance of a royal house, none the less I feel that as long as we have members of the royal family who conduct themselves as Their Majesties the King and Queen, and as the Earl of Athlone and the Princess Alice have done, the institution will serve a useful purpose in our commonwealth of free nations. I am therefore very glad to join with the Prime Minister, .the leader of the opposition, and I am sure, all other hon. members in wishing them godspeed and many years of happiness in what is a probable retirement.

Topic:   THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   FAREWELL ADDRESS BY BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. SOLON LOW (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, members of the Social Credit group are thankful that Canada has been privileged to have the Earl of Athlone as Governor General during the years of the war. We are mindful of the splendid and devoted way in which, ha has conducted the affairs of his high office. Now that the time has come when we must bid farewell to the Earl and the Princess Alice, we join with other members of this house in wishing them godspeed, and we want them to know that our best and sincerest wishes for their future health and happiness go with them. We are glad, therefore, Mr. Speaker, unanimously to join with the Prime Minister in supporting this motion.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) (Translation): Mr. Speaker, may I be granted the privilege of adding a few words in French in support of the motion which has just been moved and seconded with such good taste by the hon. members of the house who spoke before me.

His Excellency the Governor General and Her Royal Highness Princess Alice have very often and with complete mastery expressed themselves in the language used by Canadians of French descent to convey their feelings towards us and to encourage us in our loyalty to our traditions and institutions. Therefore, it is fitting, and I feel sure everyone will agree, that, using the same language.

Alaska Highway

I should tell them that we unanimously and heartily endorse the congratulations, thanks and good wishes expressed in the farewell address which we have just heard.

There is no need for me to repeat them nor to attempt any amplification, but I wish to say to Their Excellencies that the last but _ one paragraph of yesterday's speech from the throne moved us very deeply. The words referred to are the following:

Princess Alice and I will ever recall that in these momentous years it has been our proud privilege to share in your anxieties and. rejoicings. Throughout our lives we shall cherish am abiding affection for Canada 'and her people.

Their Excellencies know that the motto of

my province is "Je me souviens". We too will forever treasure the imperishable memory of these two impressive figures who upheld with such personal dignity and 6clat our inalienable loyalty to the monarohial government which is at the same time democratically constitutional. During the dreadful war years, this loyalty was a constant inspiration to our people, and the presence of Their Excellencies among us, as well as their continuous participation in all our efforts have forged bonds of admiration and affection, and we are proud to register the fact in the records of parliament.

Topic:   THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   FAREWELL ADDRESS BY BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
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Motion agreed to. (The members standing.)


ALASKA HIGHWAY

QUESTION AS TO OPENING FOR PUBLIC USE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

William Irvine

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WILLIAM IRVINE (Cariboo):

I

should like to ask the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Abbott) a question. I notice that the hon. gentleman is not in his seat, but perhaps the question can be brought to his attention and he can answer on Monday. Is the Alaska highway to be opened soon to the public?

Topic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO OPENING FOR PUBLIC USE
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL OHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

The matter is one that comes under the jurisdiction of the Minister of National Defence. I shall be glad to bring it to his attention, but I should think the highway would not be closed to the public.

Topic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO OPENING FOR PUBLIC USE
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FACTORS OPERATING AGAINST FULL PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. G. H. CASTLEDEN (Yorkton):

I wish to ask the Minister of Agriculture a question, of which I have given him notice. In view of the critical food situation through-

out the world, will the minister please inform the house what steps have been taken to remove those factors in Canada's food production which have worked against the use of the country's full productive capacity?

Topic:   FACTORS OPERATING AGAINST FULL PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) :

I am sorry I did not receive the notice. I know of no such interruptions to the production of food.

Topic:   FACTORS OPERATING AGAINST FULL PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY
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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

You will hear of them.

Topic:   FACTORS OPERATING AGAINST FULL PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY
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ALLOWANCE TO BEE-KEEPERS FOR HONEY PRODUCTION


On the orders of the day:


SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

I wish to ask a question of the Minister of Finance or of the hon. member representing him in the house.- In view of the sugar situation obtaining in western Canada, will the Minister of Finance not consider advising the sugar administrator to increase immediately the allowance of sugar to Canadian bee-keepers sufficiently to stimulate honey production in 1946? I should like to have the question answered on Monday.

Mr. R. W. MAY'HEW (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance): I will see that the question is brought to the minister's attention.

Topic:   ALLOWANCE TO BEE-KEEPERS FOR HONEY PRODUCTION
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POSTAL SERVICE

RATES ON FOOD PARCELS OVERSEAS


On the orders of the day:


March 15, 1946