June 13, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, as hon. members of the house are aware, to-day, June 13, both in the United Kingdom and in Canada, has been set apart by statute for purposes of official observance of his majesty's birthday. Hon. members will recall that last year his majesty's birthday was officially celebrated on May 20, and that at the time their majesties were in this the capital city of the dominion. The members of both houses of parliament had the signal honour of entertaining the king and queen at dinner on the evening of the king's official birthday.
A year ago to-day, June 13, 1939, their majesties were concluding the tour they had made throughout Canada. They had just completed their memorable visit to the United States and, if I am not mistaken, on that, day were in the province of my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson). That was the day prior to their arrival in Prince Edward Island and subsequently in Nova Scotia, and their departure from Halifax for the old land.
I am sure it will accord much with the wishes of hon. members and of the people of Canada whose representatives we are that a message should be sent from this House of Commons to the king letting his majesty know that the memories, of which I have just made mention and which will ever constitute one of the most cherished pages in the story of our national life, have been vividly revived by to-day's associations, and extending to our gracious sovereign an expression of our most loyal greetings on this the occasion of the observance of his majesty's official birthday.
I have accordingly prepared a resolution which I believe expresses sentiments that will be warmly welcomed by all. I have shown the resolution to my hon. friend the leader of the opposition. He has said he would be pleased to second it.
With the permission of the house, therefore, to waive the rule requiring notice, I would move, seconded by Mr. Hanson:
That, on this, the occasion of the official observance in Canada of the birthday of His Majesty King George YI. a humble address be sent to his majesty in the following words:
"To the King's Most Excellent Majesty:
Most Gracious Sovereign:
We, the members of the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, desire respectfully to extend our loyal and affectionate
The King's, Birthday

greetings to Your Majesty on this day set apart for the official observance in Canada of your Majesty's birthday.
Just one year ago Your Majesty and Her Gracious Majesty the Queen were receiving the united acclaim of the Canadian people as your memorable tour of the Dominion was drawing to its close. To-day, our feelings of loyalty and affection for your majesty and our regard for the freedom of British institutions symbolized in the crown are stronger and deeper than ever.
We have witnessed with all the pride of devoted fealty how your majesty has discharged your high and solemn duty with undaunted courage, wisdom and understanding.
In this dark hour when the ruthless ambitions of wicked men have shattered the hopes of the civilized world, the people of Canada vividly recall how faithfully you laboured to prevent the calamity that threatens the world's freedom.
Your peoples stand resolute in the defence of the liberties of mankind. Steadfast in the noblest of causes, united in purpose, we are heartened by the inspiration of your example.
We pray that divine Providence may continue to guide and guard your majesty in the discharge of your high responsibilities and that you may be vouchsafed continued strength and many years in the maintenance of the glories of your ancient throne."

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