Mr. NORMAN J. M. LOCKHART (Lincoln) : Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to a matter of privilege affecting one member of the House of Commons in particular, and for that purpose I crave your indulgence for a few moments.
A person is usually known by the company he keeps. May I be permitted to refer to an item which appeared in the Montreal Gazette of yesterday, April 13, and which concerns in particular the hon. member to whom I have referred. The names of the three illustrious persons mentioned in the Gazette were His Excellency the Earl of Athlone, the former Governor General of Canada; the Honourable Walter Jones, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and-no less important than the other two-none other than our genial vice-chairman of the committee of the whole, the hon. member for Huron-Perth (Mr. Golding). These three names are linked together, and rightly so.
It was reported in the Gazette that these illustrious persons are today passing another milestone in their journey through life. Before stating my question of privilege I consulted the Parliamentary Guide and found to my amazement that our genial friend from Huron-Perth has inadvertently omitted from that record the date of his birth. I traced his career to earlier days and I found that April 14 was his natal day.
I express my appreciation, sir, of your indulgence in allowing me to discuss the matter at this time. What I am saying was prompted particularly by consultation with the hon. member for Kingston City (Mr. Kidd), whom, I might say, very little passes. I feel sure that every hon. member in the chamber will join with the hon. member for Kingston City and me in conveying to our genial friend the felicitations of all members of the House of Commons, and that all will join with us in wishing him many happy returns on this his natal day, and many more years of preference and distinction.