Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to associate the Progressive Conservative party, of which I have the honour at the moment to be the acting leader, with the sentiments which have been so eloquently expressed by those who have preceded me.
I felt when I heard the news of Colonel Ralston's death that it was almost like losing a member of one's own family; for through the war years he had endeared himself to all of us who sat with him in parliament and had anything to do with his department. His courtesy, his friendliness, and, as one hon. member has said, his capacity to hold his friends, singled him out and made him one of the very great men with whom we have had the honour to associate. His courage, his brilliance, his almost indefatigable attention to every detail of the duties at hand, and his devotion to that duty, marked him in the hearts, minds and memories of all of us as one of nature's gentlemen. No greater tribute than that can one man pay to another.
On behalf of the party with which I am associated, Mr. Speaker, I join with other hon. members who have spoken, in conveying to the late Colonel Ralston's widow, and to his son, deep and genuine sympathy in this their hour of sorrow and of loss.