March 6, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Isaac Ellis Pedlow

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ISAAC PEDLOW (South Renfrew):

Mr. Speaker, before proceeding with the discussion that is now before the House I might be permitted to pause for an instant to place on Hansard a verbal wreath from the electoral district of South Renfrew to the memory of our - distinguished leader, the late lamented Sir Wilfrid Laurier, whose empty chair is a daily reminder to the members of the House that this great, this grand old veteran statesman, is -with us no more. His Canadianism was in a class altogether by itself. It was of the purest type, moulded on the world's best standards of patriotism. He ranked while living with the world's greatest statesmen and now that he is no longer with us in the flesh we unconsciously associate his name with those most prominent in world history-with Macdonald in our Own land, with Gladstone arid Disraeli, as well as with a host of other great and shining lights who have graced

Mr. Pedlow's speech was interrupted by the entry to the Chamber of Col. C. W. Peck, V.C., D.S.O., member for Skeena, B.C., who had just returned from active service. The House paid a tribute to Col. Peck's distinguished war record by hon. members rising in their places and cheering as he took his seat.

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