No doubt hon. members have noticed in the press that the tenth biennial conference of the British Empire Service League is now being held in Ottawa. A number of distinguished delegates to this conference are with us this afternoon and are now seated in the south gallery. I am confident that you would like me to extend to them on your behalf a very warm welcome to our midst.
Delegates have come to Canada from some twenty-one different countries of the commonwealth. Those who are with us this afternoon represent the following countries: Antigua, Australia, England, Gold Coast, India, Ireland (northern area); Ireland (southern area); Malaya, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Nyasaland, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Wales.
You will notice that the delegation is made up of both men and women. These delegates, together with the delegates of our own Canadian legion, are under the outstanding leadership of their chairman, Lieutenant General Sir John Brown. I can assure them that they are indeed welcome guests to Canada, and I have pleasure in expressing to them on your behalf the earnest hope that their deliberations will prove of far-reaching benefit to the many hundreds of thousands of ex-service men and women who have so valiantly and well served in His Majesty's armed forces.
Subtopic: WELCOME TO DELEGATES TO TENTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE