Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Mr. STANLEY KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, as members of this house I feel we would be remiss in our duty if we did not take this first opportunity to say how sorry we were to get the news last evening of the intention of the Minister of Justice (Mr. Ilsley) to retire from the government. In this house it is inevitable that among the different parties there will be differences of opinion, and that was so in this case. On the other hand I think I can say on behalf of members of this group and hon. members generally that there is no member on the government benches for whom the house as a whole and the country has had higher respect than the right hon. gentleman. He will be remembered in particular for the service he gave this country as wartime minister of finance. Even in that capacity people at times took his name in vain, but the job he did, particularly in the field of price control, will long be a monument to him.
Some of us might hope he could be persuaded to change his mind, but our experience with him has taught us that he is the kind of person who reaches a point where finality must be recognized. If it is definite that he is leaving us, we can only say that we are sorry indeed, but we wish him the very best.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES TO MR. ILSLEY ON HIS REPORTED RETIREMENT FROM MINISTRY