Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the opposition):
Mr. Speaker, it is not often in the history of a leader of an opposition that he can speak on behalf of the whole parliament in which he sits, and at the same time be reasonably sure of unanimous support for what he says. I feel in this particular instance, however, that I am in that position.
Because of the war and the serious matters connected with it, there is not much time left for pleasant occasions such as that which is afforded now to members of this house. Therefore this occasion stands out in bold relief; because after nearly four full and very strenuous weeks in which the Prime Minister has dealt with important commonwealth, international and war-time business for Canada overseas, he has returned to our midst, again to take his part in the affairs of parliament.
One of my words at this time should be an-expression of gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty, to the Prime Minister of Great Britain, to the members of the United Kingdom cabinet, to the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons at Westminster-indeed to the entire people of Great Britain-for the spontaneous and open-hearted welcome they extended to our Prime Minister while he was there, a welcome which we in turn, as a nation of Canadian citizens, are pleased to share.
The general tone of the welcome the Prime Minister of Canada received in that overseas domain was an indication of how the nation he represents is held over there. I fancy the gesture of good will and affection extended to the Prime Minister on behalf of himself and the people of Canada will remain long with him as a treasured and prized memory, as it will for the rest of us in Canada who share it with him.
May I say this to the Prime Minister: We are glad you are back. We are glad your journey was a safe one, and that you have been able to maintain and to preserve that measure of good health in which you left and which, apparently, is unabated on your return. We hope, too, that in the near future we shall be able to welcome two other leaders from the sister dominions of Australia and New Zealand. We shall welcome them not only on their own account, but because of the splendid achievements of their respective nations, both
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in war and in peace. They stand high in the esteem, the admiration and the affection of the Canadian people, and I think it well that we pay this public tribute to them.
And so, if I may, on behalf of the members [DOT]of the house, I extend to the Prime Minister the very warmest and most cordial of welcomes upon his return, and I say to him: We are happy indeed to have you with us once more.
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