May I at this time have the honour of saying a few words about a former member of this house with whom many of us were personally acquainted. On Saturday last, August 26, there passed away at Montreal a distinguished Canadian who at one time held the position in this house which I now have the honour to hold. I refer to the late Hon. Mr. Justice Casgrain.
Pierre Frangois Casgrain was bom in the city of Montreal in 1886. For many years he was a member of this house, being elected first in the year 1917 for the constituency of Charlevoix-Montmorency, and although the boundaries and the name of the constituency
were changed he was re-elected for the constituency at six subsequent general elections, namely, 1921, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1935 and 1940. In 1936 he was elected Speaker of this house and in 1940 he joined the cabinet of the Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King as secretary of state. In December, 1941, he was appointed to the bench of the superior court of Quebec. Those of us who were here when Mr. Casgrain was Speaker recall the fair and impartial manner in which he presided over our deliberations. He held the office of Speaker during a time when Canada was faced with great economic problems, and he carried the duties of the office with dignity and in the best traditions of those who had gone before him.
Mr. Casgrain passed away after a very brief illness. The suddenness of his passing must have -been a very severe shock to his wife and to his loved ones. I am sure that all hon. members join me in extending our very deep sympathy to Mrs. Casgrain and to the members of their family.