October 24, 1949 (21st Parliament, 1st Session)


Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)


Hon. Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate):

Mr. Prime Minister of India, since you chose to conclude your brilliant speech in the language spoken by three to four million Canadians of French origin, may I on their behalf express their keen pleasure and offer you in French the token of their admiration.
Your accession to power coincides with India's entry into the large democratic family of the universe. Thanks to you, your great and diversified country, so rich in science, poetry and storied legend, peacefully takes its place within the council of sovereign nations. At the same time, you are resolutely entering into history.
You come from the Orient, whose patient philosophy knows the art of solving the most complex situations, an art which enabled you to sever your century-old union with the British empire and, almost at the same time, spontaneously to renew a link with the commonwealth.
At this very time of your visit among us, we, under different circumstances and in the normal course of our development, are peacefully making an almost identical gesture. In a few days, Canada, whose stature has grown during the last two wars without, however, leaving the orbit of the commonwealth, will be solely responsible for its destiny.
You bring the west a message of peace, of peace based on the equality of all men before God, before the law and before human conscience. You nevertheless wish India to become aware of its power, first of its economic power and then of the military power needed to protect that economic power.
You already know that America, whose mission is at present burdened with such a heavy responsibility, joyfully welcomes your message. Thanks to the high standard of living created by the industry of our neighbouring republic, the extremely varied races which are its components, merged together as though in a crucible, have become a proud

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and powerful nation. In this country, we also believe that this standard of living constitutes the best means of defence against the most pernicious "isms". Under the impetus it is certain to receive from you, your country, so plentifully endowed with manpower and natural resources, can rightfully aspire to full economic development.
Because of your academic training and of your public life, you belong to two civilizations. Both will benefit from the leading role which your high office will call upon you to play in world affairs. This is betokened by the eloquent speech you have just delivered before both houses of parliament, and that is the wish we express.
It is a great honour for me, Mr. Prime Minister, to express, on behalf of both the Senate of Canada and the French-speaking Canadians, the pleasure we have in greeting the first citizen of one of the greatest and oldest countries in the world, and the hope that your brief stay among us will serve to multiply the relations that must be maintained between two peoples whose economies are complementary, and who are both genuinely peace-loving.

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