December 17, 1947 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Karl Kenneth Homuth

Progressive Conservative

Mr. KARL HOMUTH (Waterloo South):

Mr. Speaker, while this gives an ordinary membeir of the house an opportunity to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year, at the same time it gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to someone; and today I do that sincerely because I am paying a tribute to one who is a native son of my own county, of which I am also a native son. I dio not need to pay any tribute to the hon. member for Quebec South (Mr. Power), because we have known each other for many years, and indeed on some occasions I think we have been stuck with each other. So I need pay him no particular tribute because in every sense of the word we are pals. .
I rise on this occasion, Mr. Speaker, because I feel that as a representative from Waterloo county' I would be remiss in my duty if I did not pay my compliments to a native son. Ours is a peculiar county; it might be called a melting pot, because it is made up of people from almost all the countries of the world. Out of that melting pot has come a virile Canadian citizenship, a people loving Canada, loving the empire and all the freedoms for which it stands. So today w'hea I address

these remarks to the Prime Minister I do so realizing that during all the years we have fought each other politically we have always had a great love for our native county. When the right, hon. gentleman returned to Waterloo county just a few months ago the acclaim he received was not offered because he happened to be the leader of the Liberal party; it was because a native son of our county had achieved a great success. So, Mr. Prime Minister, let me say in all sincerity that I pay tribute to you today as a native son of Waterloo county who has achieved great success. We may differ in our policies; we may differ in certain principles we hold; we may differ politically; nevertheless it is a tribute to our county that one of its sons should have been chosen to lead the government of Canada for so many years. Today I stand here as one who is politically opposed to you, but as a member of this House of Commons who believes in the freedom we have enjoyed and tried to preserve in this country. I pay tribute to you, sir, for having done your duty as you saw it and for having ted this country through a most- difficult period. If it is possible to do so later I should like to shake your hand, and say, "Well done, Waterloo!"

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