Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Hosetown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, we were all profoundly shocked and distressed yesterday when we learned of the news of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague in this house, Jack MacDougall. We shall miss that hearty greeting he would give when you met him in the corridors in the morning or in the cafeteria or elsewhere. We shall miss that friendly way he had with him always. We can ill afford to lose, particularly at times like these, one who is universally friendly and for whom we have such a universal feeling of friendship. It brings home to us once again, Mr. Speaker, the fact that in the midst of life we are in death. Edmund Burke once said at the funeral of, I believe, a political opponent who was taken in the middle of a contest: "The worthy gentleman . . . has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue." Those matters which we felt so keenly about during
the past week, whether on one side or the other, are after all fleeting things, shadows that flit away.
Mr. MacDougall has not only left many friends but he left in this house records of his work here. I am sure that whether we agree or disagree with the projects which he took over in this house, he urged them because he thought they were in the best interests of those who worked in offices, stores or labour throughout this country. I refer, of course, to the fact that he promoted the bill which caused the celebration of Victoria day to fall on Mondays instead of other days during the week. He did so because he believed, rightly or wrongly, that this was of benefit to the people whom he served.
So, Mr. Speaker, we join, too, in the tribute that has been paid. He was a fellow citizen of mine in the city of Regina for a while when he practised his profession which, we have heard, he had to relinquish on account of his physical condition. I think few of us realized the extent of the ill health which he suffered. We join with everyone not only in this house, but I am quite sure his countless friends across the country, in mourning his loss and expressing to his widow, who has been his constant companion throughout the years, our heartfelt sympathy in her sorrow and her grief.
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