Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and on his behalf, I desire to communicate to the house the contents of a cablegram which was sent this morning by the Secretary of State for External Affairs, Ottawa, to His Britannic Majesty's minister, Vatican City. It reads *
Ottawa, February 10, 1939.
Will you kindly convey to His Excellency the Secretary of State of the Holy See the following expression of sympathy of the government of Canada, in the bereavement occasioned the Vatican City and the Roman Catholic church by the death of His Holiness Pope Pius XI.
"The government of Canada desires to associate itself with the governments of other countries in expressing its sense of the loss sustained in the death of His Holiness Pope Pius XI. The profound sorrow felt by members of the Roman Catholic church in all parts of the world will be shared throughout Canada where the devotion of Pope Pius to the spiritual progress of mankind had gained for His Holiness nation-wide admiration and esteem."
To these words of the leader of the nation I desire to add my own personal tribute to the memory of the great pontiff who died yesterday.
In the hours of great crises His Holiness Pius XI has always been a fine model, a powerful personality.
Amidst the disorders generated by war, misery and unemployment, he has preached the crusade of public salvation, defending the family institution, defending order, labour and social peace, fighting all that leads to anarchy, hatred and the domination of blind force. He has consistently defended those who were persecuted and oppressed.
A friend of social progress and modem institutions, he has published pastoral letters and encylicals which are monuments to economic and social reform based on justice, charity and human brotherhood.
He was a great religious leader. He will be remembered as the Pope of Peace, of the poor, and of working men.
I am sure I am reflecting the views of all the members of this house in expressing our sorrow and our deep regret at his demise.
Subtopic: EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY OF GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND HIS MAJESTY'S LOYAL OPPOSITION