Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):
Before the proceedings of the day are entered upon I should like to refer to a matter which I am sure will be of interest to every member of this house. I refer to a report in the morning press that one of our number has been distinctly honoured since we met here yesterday. I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of my associates and myself, and on this occasion I think I can speak for every member of the house, of extending to the Right Honourable Minister of Reconstruction and Supply (Mr. Howe) our sincere congratulations.
We regard it occasionally as a privilege, sometimes as a right, always as a responsibility, to tell the minister how he can do his job much better than he has done it before or is doing it now. But on an occasion like this, when his war-time service has been recognized by the crown and when it has been expressed in his appointment to the high position of member of the king's privy council, it is one time when we can extend to him our warmest congratulations on this recognition
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of a war-time task well done. I make these comments whole-heartedly on behalf of every member of this group and, I would like to think, of every member of the house. It is an outstanding honour which has come to one of our members, an honour which is richly deserved.