Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, there are a few words which I should like to say to the house. The Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) has today reached another milestone in his remarkable career, and I am sure that the house would wish to give some recognition to the occasion.
It is no small achievement to have held the high office of prime minister, not only longer than any former prime minister of Canada, but also longer than anyone has held the office of prime minister in any country of the British empire.
What the Prime Minister has attained is a world record as the elected leader of a free nation. That such an achievement has been possible is of course a proof of his rare and impressive personal qualities. But it is also an indication of the stability of our people and of the completeness with which they have adapted British institutions to Canadian conditions.
My remarks, I need hardly say, are in no sense intended as a party manifestation. I would hope that my sentiments would be shared by all members of the house. But speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister's political supporters in the house, and I think I can also speak for his political supporters throughout the country, I count it a privilege to extend to him on this occasion our sincere congratulations.