Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):
Some two weeks ago His Honour the Speaker received from the Secretary of the Empire Parliamentary Association in London the following telegram:
London, May 19, 1920.
Lord Chancellor and Speaker, joint presidents and members of Empire Parliamentary Association in Lords and Commons, ask you to accept as gift to Canadian House Commons the Speaker's Chair as an abiding token of good will between both Parliaments. Suggested that chair should be replica of that in British House of Commons. Colonel Amery, Undersecretary for Colonies, who will be in Ottawa about end of this month, is bringing photographs of British chair and will consult you.
Since then Colonel Amery has arrived in Ottawa. He has brought the photograph, which I shall lay upon the table of the House, and which will indicate that the chair which it is intended to send us is beautiful, dignified and ornate. It is my duty now to move a resolution, which I hope my hon. friend the leader of the Opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) will second, setting forth our appreciation of this generous and thoughtful gift and authorizing the Speaker to convey the thanks of this House to the donors. It has been the custom in this House for many years in the past-I do not know how long-that the Speaker upon retiring should take with him as a memorial of his occupancy of the high office of Speaker the chair used during his term. Of course, if this gift is accepted, that custom could not very well prevail in the future.
Subtopic: OFFER OF GIFT FROM THE LORDS AND COMMONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.