Hon. R. J. M ANION (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I desire to ask
the government a question, but before doing so may I say that I noticed the hearty applause which greeted the Minister of Pensions and National Health (Mr. Power) when he entered the chamber, and someone whispered that to-day is my hon. friend's birthday. Since the minister is an old friend of mine, and since I may not have a chance to do so later in the day, I should like to offer to him my congratulations and the congratulations of those on this side of the house.
The minister is still young enough to feel that congratulations rather than commiserations are in order on his birthday. May I add that I hope he may decorate either this or the other chamber for many long years to come. I am not sure that I would not prefer to have him go to the other chamber, though I cannot speak with certainty on that, because he might do us more damage there than he can do here.