February 29, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)


Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, since the last session of parliament two of the members of this house have passed away. I refer of course to the former members for Victoria-Carleton and Brome-Missisquoi.
It was with deep regret, shared by all of us, that we learned of the death of Mr. Heber H. Hatfield following a lengthy period of ill health. Born in 1885 at Middle Simonds, New Brunswick, and educated there, it was not long before Mr. Hatfield moved to Hart-land where he was to become prominent as a large scale producer of and dealer in potatoes and potato products. Following several years of service in the municipal field, Mr. Hatfield was elected to parliament for the electoral district of Victoria-Carleton in. the general election of 1940, and re-elected in 1945 and 1949.
Though giving close attention always to all the work of parliament, he was constant and firm in his efforts to interest Canada and, indeed, other parts of the world in the products of his native province. As a result he did much to increase the prosperity of many New Brunswickers and to enhance the name of Canada as a source of choice seed potatoes. Mr. Hatfield will be missed by his constituents, by his business associates, by the potato growers of all the maritime region, and by those, not only of his own party, with whom he was so closely associated as a member of parliament. He will be remembered
Tributes to Deceased Members both in the business world and in parliament not only for his successful career but also for his unquestioned integrity and his fairness.
To Mrs. Hatfield and her family the sincere sympathy of all of the members of this house goes out in full measure.
Mr. Speaker, the death of Mr. Henri A. Gosselin has been a shock to his numerous friends who had believed him to be in fairly good health.
Mr. Gosselin was bom in Lee, Massachusetts, in 1887. His parents were French-Canadian. A few years later, his family returned to Canada and he was educated in Sherbrooke.
In 1914 he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway. While working as a train dispatcher, in Farnham, he spent a great deal of time in agricultural pursuits.
For a great many years, Mr. Gosselin was an active participant in the political life of his community, of his province and of his country. From 1928 to 1938, he was mayor of Farnham; from 1939 to 1948, he sat for Missisquoi in the Quebec legislature; and in 1949, he was elected federal member for the constituency of Brome-Missisquoi.
On the floor of this house he spoke calmly and easily, with sobriety and sureness of judgment, in either of our two official languages.
During the relatively short time he sat here, Mr. Gosselin acquired our respect and friendship. I am therefore confident that you will join me in extending to his widow and to his family our most sincere sympathy.

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