Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):
Members of my group and those who support us also desire to associate ourselves with this address; and we wish to say, in addition to what has already been said, that it is our desire that the king of the British commonwealth shall continue to be sovereign in this commonwealth.
Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temiscouata) (Translation): Mr. Speaker, as a
private member and as a French Canadian, it is my duty to join in the best wishes which have just been offered Bis Majesty King George VI, our Sovereign and the Sovereign of Canada, on the occasion of his birthday. I speak in the
name of my French-Canadian countrymen, not only in the province of Quebec, but in the whole of Canada. I speak particularly in the name of the young men of my constituency who have enlisted in large numbers in the three branches of our armed forces.
In 1939, when their gracious majesties, during their stay in Canada, stopped at Riviere-du-Loup, which is a little town of
9,000 people, they were cheered by a gathering of 25,000. The welcome was one of the warmest extended to them in the whole country.
We send the King birthday greetings, and we do not forget our gracious Queen Elizabeth nor what she said at the time she laid the cornerstone of our Supreme Court building about the similarity between the laws of Scotland, her own native land, and the French laws of the province of Quebec. Mr. Speaker, speaking for all French Canadians, I wish a happy birthday to His Majesty the King of Canada and I present our humble respects to Her Majesty the Queen.
Subtopic: RESOLUTION EXTENDING GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES TO HIS MAJESTY