Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Mr. Speaker, I beg to move, seconded by the right hon. leader of the opposition, the following motion:
That this house deeply appreciates the generous gift made by E. S. Makower, Esquire, of London, England, of a complete collection of portraits of British prime ministers, from the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole to the Right Honourable Ramsay MacDonald, which have been placed in the parliament building of Canada; and that the warm thanks of the House of Commons of Canada be conveyed by Mr. Speaker to Mr. Makower.
I dare say that my right hon. friend may think that this is another illustration of the old saying, that one sows and another reaps. The fact is that the arrangements in connection with the gift of these valuable portraits to the Canadian people was arranged by my predecessor in office, who was communicated with, I understand, through the then Prime 22110-282
Minister. It was my privilege and pleasure to receive from Mr. Makower these portraits framed as they now hang upon the walls of the gallery leading to the restaurant. There I trust they will always serve as a reminder to us of the splendour of the achievements of the great and distinguished men who have occupied the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain. In recording our sense of appreciation of this gift, I am sure the resolution conveys the sentiments of every member of this house. It is an additional pleasure to associate my right hon. friend with me in the motion as its seconder.
Subtopic: ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GIFT OF PORTRAITS TO BE PLACED IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS