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.
Subtopic: FAREWELL ADDRESS BY BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT