Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure I can feel I am speaking for all members of this house when I say how deeply shocked all of us were to learn today of the sudden death of one whom all of us had come to regard as a personal friend, Mr. Karl Homuth, the member for Waterloo South. I am sure Mr. Homuth was one of the most popular of our members, and would himself like to be remembered, first of all, as a good companion and a warm personal friend of each one of us on both sides of the house.
When I saw him take part in the division in the house only last Thursday I hoped, as I know most of us hoped, that he was recovering his health which had been so seriously impaired in these last years. I feel that all of us, regardless of party, were of the opinion that the house would be better for having him once more in a position to take an active part in its proceedings.
I will not attempt any long or detailed review of the late Karl Homuth's public service. As hon. members know, he was elected to the Ontario legislature over thirty years ago, in the general election of 1919, and he was re-elected at several subsequent elections. From the time he was elected to this house at a by-election in 1938, until his death, he was successful on every occasion in retaining the confidence and support of the majority of the electors of his constituency.
No doubt a large measure of the support he was given was the result of the political allegiance of the electors in his constituency. But I am told, and I am sure no one here will find it difficult to believe, that a large measure of support came as a personal tribute from his friends and neighbours in Waterloo South.
I should like to express our sympathy to the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) on the loss of one of his senior supporters, and to ask you, Mr. Speaker, to extend the sympathy of all hon. members to Mrs. Homuth and her children.