Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):
It is with regret that on behalf of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), I have to inform the house of the death of one of our most esteemed colleagues, the member for St. Mary, Montreal, Doctor Hermas Deslauriers. Doctor Deslauriers was one of the deans of the house, having come to parliament twenty-four years ago and having been reelected at every subsequent general election. This remarkable tribute of confidence from one of the largest constituencies of the metropolis of Canada speaks more eloquently than any words of the sterling qualities, the fine character and the public spirit of our late friend.
In his extensive medical practice Doctor Deslauriers came in daily contact particularly with the working men of Montreal, and he was always ready to defend their interests and present their claims to the proper solution of social problems.
In this parliament Doctor Deslauriers has always been a loyal, conscientious, courteous and genial colleague, and his passing will be deeply regretted.
(Translation) Mr. Speaker, to Mrs. Deslauriers and her children I wish to convey the sympathy of the house in their sad bereavement, and I ask Your Honour to do so on our behalf.