Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the House) moved, seconded by the Right Hon. Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Opposition): That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty the King in the following words:
To the King's Most Excellent Majesty:-
Most Gracious Sovereign:-
We, Your Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of Canada, in parliament assembled, approach Your Majesty with the expression of our deep and heartfelt sorrow at the demise of Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
We deplore the loss of Queen Alexandra whose manifold and exalted virtues have for three generations commanded the respect and admiration of the world, and there has come to each of us a sense of personal bereavement which, we say it with all possible respect and duty, makes Your Majesty's sorrow our own.
We pray that the God of consolation may comfort Your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family in their affliction, and that Your Majesty may be long spared as the Sovereign of this great Empire.
He said: The resolution which I have the
honour to move, and which my right hon. friend the leader of the opposition has kindly agreed to second, is an expression to His Majesty the King and the royal family of the deep sorrow of the Canadian people at the demise of the illustrious lady who, for many years, was our beloved queen. The death of Queen Alexandra has broken one of the last links with the Victorian age. Her work and influence may be measured by the universality and the sincerity of the mourning for her loss. In all parts of the British commonwealth her charity, her sympathy and her graciousness have been acclaimed. Her kindness has won all hearts. During the life of a high personality the people may acknowledge and respect rank, power and exalted position, but after death real greatness is the true characteristic of only those who are loved. The family virtues which Queen Alexandra taught by precept and example, her great charity and the dignity of her life have endeared her to all classes of British citizenship and will never be forgotten. May I add that the royal family, while constitutionally having no direction or control in the administration of political affairs, has firmly established itself in the affections of the British Empire through its influence for good by example, and its devotion to all national interests, and none of its members has contributed a larger share than the late illustrious queen in the propagating of this influence which is, and I believe will remain, the strongest link between the various groups of the commonwealth.
This address will express the heartfelt condolences of this House and the assurance that the Canadian people participate to the utmost in the universal feeling of sympathy with His Majesty the King in his great loss.