Mr. J. A. Bradelie (Cochrane):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I ask your indulgence for a few moments in order that I may bring to the attention of the house what we called the "Marcel Boivin trip."
On Thursday afternoon of last week a party consisting of forty-two members of this house, twenty-one of whom were accompanied by their wives, left Ottawa for a three-day trip to Granby, Quebec, the princess city of the eastern townships. In this group every province of Canada was represented, as well as every political party in the federal field. On arriving at our destination we received a civic reception from the nationally known and dynamic mayor of Granby, Mr. P. H. Boivin, who was accompanied by his charming wife and the members of the municipal council. His Worship remained with us throughout the whole of our stay, and his exuberance, his personality, his wide knowledge of affairs in general, his faith in the future of his city, of his province and of Canada, impressed us very much. He also made us familiar with the great progress already made in that area, as well as its hopes and aspirations for the future, with the inevitable problems that have to be faced and solved.
Numerous and extensive visiting tours were well organized, allowing us to visit several industries, such as the Granby Elastic Web, the Verney corporation, the Miner Rubber Company, the Imperial Tobacco Company, the Granby Co-operative, the Racine Manufacturing Company-just to name a few. Everywhere we were received with courtesy, and we were given the opportunity to make a thorough inspection of these plants in full operation. In the course of conversation it was easy to realize the spirit of co-operation and understanding that exists between labour and management, and at every function both were well represented.
The fine hospitality which is always to the fore in the province of Quebec was manifested by our hosts and by everyone else
with whom we came in contact. I am convinced that all those who made this trip feel that they know more about their country than they did before.
We were inspired by seeing in practice the real unity of the two parent races, and this was at once made evident by the fact that the population of Granby is made up of twenty per cent of English-speaking descent and eighty per cent of French-speaking descent. Its citizens speak the two official languages of our country.
I also wish to express appreciation to the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National for the fine service they gave us, which made our trip a most pleasant and comfortable one.
Before resuming my seat there is another pleasant duty that I wish to perform. I know that in doing so I am voicing the sentiments of my colleagues. It is to present to the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Boivin), and to Mrs. Boivin, our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the very efficient manner in which this tour was organized. The full success of the visit was undoubtedly due to the great care the hon. member took in its preparation, and to his constant presence with his guests. His activities, which made this journey possible, enabled us to see the extraordinary strides that have been made in commerce and industry in his home city. There we met a number of able businessmen, who have contributed their talents and courage in the building up of a prosperous business centre. We also readily perceived that the progress they have made is not attributable only to the efforts of a relatively small group; a large part of the credit must go to the persevering work of the whole population, which is proud of its municipality and anxious to see it progressing in every department.
It will always be with pleasure and gratitude that we shall remember those most agreeable and instructive days.