Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, before you ordered a moment ago that the doors be opened you led us all in our usual prayers, including that for the health and well-being of His Majesty the King, which I am sure we all followed with special fervour this morning.
We have each one of us been so relieved at the constant good news of the king's progress towards a speedy recovery since the grave surgical operation which he underwent two weeks ago-good news that was confirmed to me by Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth when I had the honour of welcoming her and the Duke of Edinburgh at Dorval yesterday-that I am sure we would all wish you, sir, to convey to His Majesty on our behalf, with the expression of our respectful duty and of our loyal devotion, our gratification at his constant progress towards recovery and our sincere good wishes.
After conferring with the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) and the leaders of the other groups as to what might be the best way of giving public expression to our sentiments in that regard at this time, in a manner in which each one of us would feel he had some personal part, I venture to propose, with your permission, that we do now rise and sing together "God! Save the King".
Whereupon the members of the house rose and sang
God Save the King
Subtopic: EXPRESSION OF GRATIFICATION AT PROGRESS TOWARD RECOVERY