Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, may I thank most warmly my hon. friend the leader of the opposition and the hon. gentlemen who have spoken for other parties on the opposite side of the house and the members of their parties, for the kind welcome they have extended to me; and may I also extend to all my fellow members on this side of the house my warmest thanks also for the manner in which they received the words of hon. members opposite.
I need not say how delighted I am to be back in the House of Commons. My little trip to the south has done me a lot of good. I felt considerably in need of a rest before going away; but I have come back feeling greatly benefited by it, and I hope from now on in the proceedings of the house I shall be able to pull my full weight in the boat.
While the weather in the south was a bit inclement, I gather it was not quite as bad as it was here. However that is all more than compensated for by what hon. gentlemen opposite have been saying about the progress that has been made in the business of the house in the last few weeks.
May I join with those who have spoken of my colleague, the Secretary of State for External Affairs, in expressing to him my warmest thanks for the manner in which he
has led the house during my absence and for the example which he has set to all its members, including myself.
I should like also to express a word of warm appreciation to the members of the press gallery and other friends who greeted me so cordially on my arrival back in the city on Saturday afternoon, and a word of very sincere appreciation of the many courtesies extended to me while I was in the United States, particularly by the government of the United States.
I am happy to be able to inform the house that the President, Mr. Truman, has definitely accepted the invitation of the Governor General and the government to visit our capital, probably in June, and that Mrs. Truman will also accompany him. The President expressed to me the hope and expectation that he and Mrs. Truman would be accompanied by their daughter. I gave to the President the assurance, which was unnecessary, that he and the members of his family would receive a very warm welcome from the citizens of Canada.
Subtopic: RETURN TO THE HOUSE AFTER ABSENCE THROUGH ILLNESS-ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES