Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition) :
Mr. Speaker, may I join with the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) in expressing to the family of the late Doctor Rutherford, the sympathy of our party. Whenever on these painful occasions one rises to pay tribute to some member who has gone, unconsciously a thought as to the high mortality rate of the House of Commons comes to one's mind. Only a few weeks ago we were speaking about the deaths of David Beaubier and Samuel Jacobs, one from each side of the house, and Doctor Rutherford is the third member whose loss we mourn in this early part of the session.
Naturally, I did not have the opportunity of knowing Doctor Rutherford as intimately as my right hon. friend and the party opposite, but the little I did know of him was to his credit. Like the late David Beaubier, of whom I spoke a few weeks ago, he did not take part in debate in the house as frequently as some of the rest of us. But I have often wondered if perhaps those of us who speak so frequently render as much service as those who speak less. Doctor Rutherford certainly bore a good reputation as a member of the
various committees upon which he served, and as one who looked after the interests of his constituents and carried out whatever other duties devolved upon him as a member of the House of Commons.
If I may be permitted to say so, many times in the house I have been struck with the fact that men who originally have been trained as medical practitioners have given valuable service in the House of Commons.
I have come to the conclusion that a medical training affords a splendid mental development for the work of the house. Doctor Rutherford was certainly no exception in that respect; he always gave the service expected of him.
I should like to join sincerely indeed with my right hon. friend and the party to which he belongs in expressing sympathy to that party upon its loss of another outstanding member, and I would join with him and other hon. members of the house in passing on, through you, Mr. Speaker, to the family of Doctor Rutherford, our deep sympathy.