Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as a matter of special privilege and of interest, I am sure, to all hon. members of the house, may I take a moment to refer to the event of which the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. Higgins) reminded the house yesterday. Even if he had not done so I am sure hon. members would have felt that today should not pass without our recalling that at midnight tonight Newfoundland will have been a Canadian province for a full year. It seems to me that, without any formal motion, the house would like to extend to tha people of our tenth province greetings and good wishes on this occasion. We have all been delighted at the way in which hon. members from Newfoundland on both sides have contributed to our proceedings. They are at home with the rest of us, and we are at home with them. That, I believe, is the spirit in which Newfoundland has fitted, and will continue to fit, into our Canadian union.
Subtopic: FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF UNION WITH DOMINION OF CANADA, MARCH 31, 1949