Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, we too join in extending sympathy to the families of the two members who have left us and passed to the great beyond. We are reminded of the transitory nature of life when invariably at the opening of a session we have to mourn the loss of some of our colleagues. The tributes that have been paid in this instance I think have expressed what we all feel in regard to the deceased members and their work in this parliament.
Mr. Hatfield was a member for some years, and sat very near the place from which I am speaking this afternoon. I came to know him rather well and to appreciate the interest he took in the work of the house, especially in the field in which he was particularly qualified. I knew of his assiduous efforts on behalf of the people he represented.
Mr. Gosselin was a newer member, but he had also made some impression upon the house. We appreciated the fact that he took a great interest in the ordinary workers of his constituency, at one time having been, as the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) has said, an employee of one of our great railway systems.
We join in expressing our sympathy to the bereaved families; and may I also express our sympathy to the Prime Minister and the leader of the official opposition (Mr. Drew) on each having lost one of his colleagues in this house.
Subtopic: THE LATE HEBER HAROLD HATFIELD