January 12, 1939

DOMINION OF CANADA

OFFICIAL REPORT


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3 GEORGE VI, 1939


VOLUME I, 1939 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE TWELFTH DAY OF JANUARY, 1939, TO THE TWENTIETH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1939, INCLUSIVE BEING VOLUME CCXVIII FOR THE PERIOD 1875-1939 INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME OTTAWA J. O. PATENAUDE, I.S.O. PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY 1939 CANADA


House of Commons Debates



Thursday, January 12, 1939


FOURTH SESSION-EIGHTEENTH PARLIAMENT-OPENING


The parliament which had been prorogued from time to time to the twelfth day of January, 1939, met this day at Ottawa, for the dispatch of business. Mr. Speaker read a communication from the Governor General's secretary, announcing that His Excellency the Governor General would proceed to the Senate chamber at three p.m. on this day, for the purpose of formally opening the session of the dominion parliament. A message was delivered by Major A. R. Thompson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows: Mr. Speaker, His Excellency the Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate. Accordingly the house went up to the Senate chamber. And the house being returned to the Commons chamber:


VACANCIES

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the house that during the recess I received communications from several members, notifying me that the following vacancies had occurred in the representation, viz:

Of Frederick Cronyn Betts, Esquire, member for the electoral district of London, by decease;

Of Alexander McKay Edwards, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Waterloo South, by decease;

Of Samuel William Jacobs, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Cartier, by decease;

Of David Wilson Beaubier, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Brandon, by decease.

I accordingly issued my several warrants to the chief electoral officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts,

respectively.

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NEW MEMBERS

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the house that the clerk of the house has received from the chief electoral officer certificates of the election and return of the following members, viz:

Of Peter Bercoviteh, Esquire, for the electoral district of Cartier;

Of Karl K. Homuth, Esquire, for the electoral district of Waterloo South;

Of the Hon. Robert James Manion, for the electoral district of London;

Of James Ewen Matthews, Esquire, for the electoral district of Brandon.

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NEW MEMBERS INTRODUCED


Hon. Robert James Manion, member for the electoral district of London, introduced by Mr. Robert Smeaton White and Hon. Earl Lawson. Peter Bercoviteh, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Cartier, introduced by Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and Hon. Fernand Rinfret. James Ewen Matthews, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Brandon, introduced by Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and Hon. T. A. Crerar. Karl K. Homuth, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Waterloo South, introduced by Hon. R. J. Manion and Hon. H. A. Stewart.


HON. R. J. MANION CONGRATULATIONS UPON HIS ELECTION AS LEADER OP THE NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND OF HIS MAJESTY'S LOYAL OPPOSITION


Right Hon. W.' L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, with your permission and the permission of hon. members of the house, I should like to extend to my hon. friend immediately opposite (Mr. Manion), not only personally but on behalf of all hon. members, very warm congratulations upon assuming, as he does to-day, the office of leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition in



Hon. R. J. Manion



this House of Commons. I should like to renew as well the congratulations I previously extended to him on his having been chosen on July the seventh of last year as the leader of the National Conservative Party of Canada, and upon the confidence thereby expressed in him on the part of members of his party. My hon. friend will not expect me to say anything at the present time with respect to his leadership either of the opposition or of the Conservative party. No doubt I shall have occasion to refer to both from time to time as we go along. I should like, however, to say to him at once how pleased I am, and I am sure I can say the same on behalf of all hon. members who were associated with my hon. friend in previous parliaments, to see him again in the House of Commons. My hon. friend brings to the two positions which he now holds personal attainments and professional achievements of a high order, a wide and quite exceptional parliamentary experience, and, also, in other ways, a long and intimate association with the public life of our country. I am sure I may say to him that in the discharge of his responsible duties as leader of the opposition he will have the understanding and the goodwill of members of all parties in this house. Personally may I extend to him in the position he now holds my very best wishes.


CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to sxpress to my right hon. friend (Mr. Mackenzie King) my very sincere and deep appreciation of the kindly and courteous manner in which le has welcomed me to the house. May I extend as well to the whole house my deep appreciation of the generous reception which they have given me on my reentrance, after an absence of three or four years.

I realize, of course, that the acclaim which I am given is not personal, but is a recognition of the position which I have the honour to hold of leader of one of the great parties of Canada. It is a recognition also of the constituency of London, which at the moment I have the honour to represent, some of my friends in which constituency were good enough to send this gorgeous bouquet of roses which stands here to-day before me.

In expressing my appreciation of the remarks of the right hon. gentleman I desire at the same time to commend his invariable courtesy in all the amenities of parliamentary life. I have been associated with him-perhaps I should say associated against him-for very many years. He and I have crossed swords probably more often than any other two members in this house; but in spite of all

that, if he will permit me to say so, we have ever remained good friends. I did say before the Canadian Club on one occasion that this fact probably speaks more to his credit than it does to mine, because I am rather a more rough and tumble fighter and he has therefore more to forgive.

I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that I am also deeply conscious of the responsibilities and the heavy duties of the position which I am attempting to fill, and I do hope that in the discharge of those duties in this house I shall always live up to the traditions of fair play which are accepted and adhered to by those who, opposing each other in public affairs, believe in the better elements of public life.

One 6f the things of which I feel rather proud is the fact that after so many years in this house, nearly twenty, and many bitter fights, I believe-in fact, at the moment I am sure-that I can count more friends on the other side of the house than I do on this side. Of course, it will not be the same after the next election.

I hope that in serving in this house as leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition I may fill the office in such a manner as never to cause hard feelings. It is also my hope that while serving Canada through my party in this house I may always assist in the facilitation of public business. And-if I may express one last hope-I trust that I shall fill my position so well that the right hon. gentleman will shortly be willing to change places with me.

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January 12, 1939