Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Special mention must also be made of the fine cooperation of the Canadian meat board, the Canadian wheat board, and the grain branch of the Canadian Department of Trade and Commerce, which together with the various other specialized procurement agencies of the Canadian government have participated in the accomplishment of the greatest peacetime enterprise of procurement and movement of goods in history.
An extraordinary contribution has also been made to our operations through the vigorous cooperation of the transport controller and the Canadian shipping board who have made possible the delivery of indispensable supplies to the needy countries of Europe in the face of shipping shortages and a variety of other difficulties, and achieved an unprecedented record of peacetime ocean shipping.
We are also deeply appreciative of the services of the Canadian army in the transfer of surplus vehicles to the shattered countries of Europe at the time of their most urgent need following the cessation of hostilities.
Without the full cooperation of these agencies and their affiliates, the work of this administration would have been impossible. It will, therefore, be appreciated if you will convey to all those agencies mentioned and, through them, to the entire catalogue of associated government agencies, the sincere gratitude of this administration and of the millions of persons who have benefited from their work.
I should also like to take this opportunity of thanking you personally for the exceptional contribution you made to the work of UNRRA. We have always regarded you as one of the foundation members, and your advice and assistance through the most critical days of UNRRA were of exceptional value to the organization. ,We shall remain always in your debt.
, Sincerely yours.
*[DOT]* Lowell W. Rooks,
When I spoke of reading this letter to the house, Mr. Pearson, with his customary modesty, remarked that he thought I should omit the last paragraph. I should like to say that I think all hon. members appreciate the great service which the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs has rendered in carrying forward this all important work and will be glad to have of record Mr. Rooks' appreciation of Mr. Pearson's services.
In his expression of appreciation, General Rooks has given us the assurance that, in contributing to UNRRA, Canada 'has been able to meet a real and urgent need. I hope that we shall always have the means to respond with similar generosity in the presence of distress and want in other parts of the world.
I should like in this connection to remind hon. members of the statement I made in the house on Tuesday last, June 24, when I informed the house that the government has decided to recommend to parliament an appropriation of $20 million for post-UNRRA relief needs in 1947. This is continued evidence of our belief that the Canadian people,
iMr. Mackenzie King.]
conscious of the great devastation which the war has brought about, are -prepared to play their full part in the necessary work of rehabilitation. ^
I need not remind hon. members that when I made the announcement to which I have referred, it was received heartily by both sides of the house and by members of all parties.
Subtopic: RELIEF AND REHABILITATION-APPRECIATION OF