Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (leader of the Opposition) :
Mr. Speaker, it is eminently appropriate that reference should be made to the passing of one who for many years has been a highly valued and much trusted officer of the House of Commons staff: As my right hon. friend has said, Mr. T. P. Owens was associated with the staff of the House of Commons for a period of something like thirty-three years, first as a journalist, later as a reporter on the Hansard staff and for some years past as the chief of the Hansard staff and Editor of Debates. All hon. members of the House who knew him will feel at this time a deep sense of personal loss. They will miss one who at all times was the most kindly, courteous, open-hearted and affable of men. Mr. Owens held a position of great trust and responsibility. He took much pride in his work, and it was recognized, I think, by all that he brought to that important position qualities of judgment, of efficiency, of industry and of impartiality, which have helped to place the Canadian Hansard in
the fore-front of the records of debates of any of the Parliaments or legislative assemblies in the world. We alj deeply mourn his loss.
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF THE EDITOR OF DEBATES.