Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure that in common with all the other members of this house you were shocked to learn this morning of the death of Mr. Norman -Jaques, member for the electoral district of Wetaskiwin. We knew that some years ago Mr. Jaques had suffered from a serious coronary attack, but he seemed to have made a complete recovery. From his appearance in the house last week, one would have judged he was enjoying his usual good health. I understand he had a slight coronary disturbance on Thursday evening, but afterwards had been resting rather comfortably. But a further attack developed in the early hours of this morning, and it proved to be fatal.
Mr. Jaques was first elected to this house at the general election of 1935, and was re-elected at both general elections in 1940 and 1945. Those of us who were here during those years know that he was constant in his attendance in the house and took an active interest in its proceedings and in the proceedings of many of its important committees. On many matters he held strong views which most of us did not share, but no one could doubt his sincerity or his earnest desire to be of service to his fellow Canadians in the advocacy of those views. In his relations with other members of the house he was always most courteous. I am sure he will be remembered as an earnest, painstaking and courtly gentleman who served his constituents and his fellow citizens with zeal and devotion.
I wish to express to the members of the Social Credit group our deep sympathy. I am sure I shall also be expressing the wish of members in all parts of this house when I ask you, sir, to convey to Mrs. Jaques and to her two daughters, the assurance of our sincere condolence in their bereavement.