Thomas Miller Bell
Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
We join with those who to-day pay tribute to one who held high office in the councils of our commonwealth. As a group, and like t'he British Labour party, we disagreed profoundly with his international policies, which he followed sincerely and to the bitter end.
Mr. Chamberlain will, I believe, be regarded by historians as a symbol of the age in which he lived, an age which is drawing uneasily to its close. He represented, as did his immediate predecessor, a high type of British business man in public life. 'As such, his associations and his environment together largely determined his course of action. Lord Byron once wrote:
I live in myself, but I become a portion of that around me.
And so it was with Mr. Chamberlain. He became in a very real sense a portion of that around him, and tried to carry out to the best of his ability, and in all sincerity, that which he believed to be good.
Right Hon. Neville Chamberlain
We extend our sympathy to his widow and to those who to-day suffer from a deep sense of personal loss. As to his place in contemporary affairs, history will eventually appraise his work and judge aright, but few will question his integrity or sincerity of purpose.