Mr. Robert Fair (Battle River):
On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I should like to say that for many years past the hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Mclvor) and I have made representations annually to the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) and the late prime minister, Mr. W. L. Mackenzie King, for the adjournment of the house so that Irishmen and their friends might properly celebrate St. Patrick's day. This year the seventeenth of March falls on a Saturday, so that it will not be necessary to make that request; it is coming automatically. We, with the hon. member for Saskatoon city (Mr. Knight), invite all Irishmen and their friends to celebrate as they should because Saturday is followed by Sunday, and Sunday will be the day for recuperation.
I have one other request to make on behalf of, perhaps, the Irish. We have had with us for the past fifteen or sixteen years the hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Mclvor). Recently he celebrated his seventy-eighth birthday. He was applauded, I believe, by members on all sides of the house. He is not only my friend but is a friend of all of us. Having given the very best of services during the week to humanity in this house, he has also gone out on Sunday and looked after the spiritual welfare of many sections of this country. The other day on looking over a list of the members of the other place and their occupations, I found that there was not one clergyman among them. I am now suggesting that, inasmuch as we have several clergymen around this corner of the house who can also minister to the needs of the other sections of it, it would be a splendid gesture on the part of the Prime Minister to allow the hon. member for Fort William to go to the other place so that he may look after the members there.