The house resumed from Thursday, January 29, consideration of the motion of Mr. Alphonse Fournier for an address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his speech at the opening of the session, and the amendment thereto of Mr. Hanson (York-Sunbury), and the amendment to the amendment of Mr. Coldwell.
Mr. JEAN-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, I think it would be fitting first to remind the house of a gentleman who died not long ago, who formerly sat upon the treasury benches of this house for several years, acting in various capacities, particularly as Minister of Public Works and Postmaster General. I refer to the Hon. John Campbell Elliott. Mr. Elliott was liked by all and was a very good minister. One of the joys of his later life was to have my chief, the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), ask for his advice, particularly concerning Ontario. I cannot forget one beautiful summer day, a Sunday in 1934, when a mass meeting attended by 10,000 people was held in the town of Trois Pistoles. This part of my constituency was taken away from me by Viscount Bennett. There were many speakers, among them our late lamented friend, the former Minister of Justice, the Right Hon. Ernest Lapointe; Mr. Elliott was there as well. There is in the vicinity of Trois Pistoles a summer school which is attended by many students from Western university in London who go to that school to learn French. Mr. Elliott spoke in French, but he did not mention the redistribution, nor did he refer to the gerrymander. He made a beautiful speech about good understanding, bonne entente. I offer my deepest sympathy to all my colleagues, to the members of the Senate and to the members of his family.
The government has suffered another great loss in the death of the former deputy minister of public works, Mr. J. B. Hunter. Mr. Hunter was civil servant No. 1 following the death of Sir Arthur Doughty, who created our archives and placed at the disposal of every student in Canada official documents pertaining to Canadian history.
This House of Commons is not the same at all since the death of the gentleman who was praised so highly on February 21, the man who was the right arm of the Prime Minister, who was a Liberal to the core, and a true disciple of Laurier. I refer to the late Right Hon. Ernest Lapointe. It was most fitting that a special tribute should be paid to him, and I was deeply moved by all the speeches that were made on that occasion. That was not the time to contradict anyone, but I remind the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) that he made a slight error-this is important to me-when he stated that the late Mr. Lapointe had been born in Kam-ouraska county. Mr. Lapointe was born at St. Eloi, which was never taken away from Temiscouata. If it had been, there would have been a riot.