Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I deeply
regret to have to inform the house that I received only about an hour ago word of the sudden passing of one of our hon. members, Mr. Vital Mallette, the representative in this house of the Constituency of Jacques-Cartier. Word came to me in a telegram from an hon. member who informed me that at the noon hour to-day, or a little before noon, Mr. Mallette had been stricken with heart failure and had passed away while walking on the street in Montreal. I know that this word will come as a great shock to all hon. members. While Mr. Mallette had been a member of the commons only since the last general election, he was possessed of such a pleasant personality, he took such an active part in the general affairs of parliament, was so kind and
The late Vital Mallette
generous and friendly, and was so much liked, that in his passing I am sure all hon. members will experience a sense of real personal loss.
Mr. Mallette was in his fifty-first year. He was born at Pointe Claire. While he played an important part in provincial and national affairs his life was identified, in an intimate way, almost exclusively, with that municipality and the more varied activities and interests of Montreal. He served as an alderman of Pointe Claire for a number of years and for two or three years was mayor of the municipality. At the time of his death he was acting as secretary-treasurer of the municipality. The meritorious nature of his services in municipal affairs was recognized by one foreign government and was widely appreciated throughout the province in which he lived. Mr. Mallette was deeply solicitous of the welfare of his constituents and was most faithful in the discharge of his duties in this house.
It is mutely eloquent of Mr. Mallette's wide interest in affairs that on the order paper of to-day there appears a question in his name with respect to Canada's trade with Spain. Hon. members will recall that our late friend was much interested in social and international affairs. His life was given largely to an effort to further human betterment. His interest in young people, in particular, was deep and constant. The advancement of their welfare by the creation of national scholarships will be present in the minds of those who heard him advocate that proposal upon the floor of this house.
I might say very much with reference to the loss to our country which the sudden passing of one so gifted and so full of promise means at this time. I shall take occasion to speak of that on some future occasion. I will only say at the moment that those of us who sit on this side of the house have suffered an irreparable loss in the passing of one who was greatly loved by all the members of his party, who was exceptionally loyal to its policies and principles and at all times faithful in his devotion to its leader.
To Mrs. Mallette and her four children who have been so suddenly and so greatly bereaved there will go forth the deepest sympathy of hon. members from all sides of this house.