All hon. members would, I am sure, wish me to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of the distinguished secretary general of the United Nations, Mr. Trygve Lie. We all welcome the presence of one who for more than five years has dedicated himself steadfastly to the promotion of the high purposes and principles set forth in the charter of the United Nations.
Mr. Lie was elected to be the first secretary general of the United Nations in February, 1946, and recently his term of office was extended for a further three years beginning February 1, 1951. Since assuming this high office, he has won general admiration and respeot for his devotion to the work of the United Nations in all its phases.
I am not sure that it is wholly proper to refer to the national origin of such a noted
Inquiries of the Ministry internationalist, but I think that I should remark that Mr. Lie had a very distinguished career in the public life of Norway as a lawyer, statesman and diplomat before devoting his whole time to the service of the United Nations. Apart from holding many important portfolios in the Norwegian government-he was, for instance, foreign minister of the government in exile during the war-he was head of the Norwegian delegation at the San Francisco conference which resulted in the establishment of the United Nations. At this conference he served as chairman of the commission which drafted the provisions of the charter relating to the security council.
All hon. members, I am sure, would wish me to extend to Mr. Lie on their behalf the warmest possible welcome to the House of Commons of Canada.
Subtopic: VISIT OP SECRETARY GENERAL, MR. TRYGVE LIE, TO THE HOUSE OP COMMONS