Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to
express something of the sorrow which all hon. members of this House must have experienced this morning on learning of the very sudden death of one of our number, Mr. John Armstrong MacKelvie, the member for Yale. With characteristic fidelity the hon. member was in his seat in this chamber last evening. He left the House shortly before ten o'clock, and we are informed that at one o'clock this morning he was seized with heart failure and died with tragic suddenness. Hon. members on this side will join with my right hon. friend (Mr. Meighen), and those who sit opposite, in deploring the loss to this parliament of one who was a much honoured and highly esteemed member of this parliament.
Though Mr. MacKelvie was born in the Maritime provinces he was associated, during most of his life, with western Canada. He went to Calgary at the age of eighteen years, and a year or two later served with the Alberta Mounted Rifles in the Riel Rebellion. Shortly afterwards he went to reside in British Columbia, first in Vancouver and subsequently in Vernon. For the last thirty years of his life his activities, both as a journalist and as a member of parliament, were identified more particularly with the interests and politics of the Pacific province. Mr. MacKelvie entered parliament at a byelection in 1920, and was re-elected at the general election in 1921.
In his endeavour to mould thought and opinion by the written and the spoken word, Mr. MacKelvie brought to his task the attributes of a generous and kindly disposition. He was a man of high intellectual attainments, and of broad human sympathies. Though we on this side of the House differed from him in political opinion, we recognized that both in his writings and in his verbal utterances his views were expressed with conviction and with moderation and he commanded our esteem and high regard.
I express to my right hon. friend the leader of the opposition my sympathy in the loss of one who has been a loyal, devoted and
helpful colleague as well as supporter. I should like to express also to the constituency of Yale my sense of the loss it has sustained in the death of one who during the period of his parliamentary career represented its interests with ability and fidelity. I know the House will desire that on its behalf I should express to Mrs. MacKelvie our profound sympathy in the sudden and overwhelming bereavement she has sustained.
Subtopic: LOAN COMPANIES ACT, 1914, AMENDMENT