Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to read to the house a letter I have received from Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth. It is dated from St. John's, Newfoundland, the eleventh of November, 1951, and is as follows:
My dear Prime Minister:
Before leaving I want to tell you how grateful my husband and I are to you and to your colleagues for having given us so great an experience on this journey across Canada. The welcome we received on all sides has far exceeded anything we could have believed possible, and we have been given a picture of the rich variety of Canadian life which we shall never forget, and which has interested us profoundly.
It has given us infinite pleasure to have had the chance of meeting and talking to so many Canadians in every walk of life, and we have been happy to have had with us at various times on our journey your colleagues in the cabinet. Their advice has been invaluable, and we have much enjoyed getting to know them, particularly as they have given us an insight into Canadian affairs.
I hope that you will convey our thanks and appreciation to all members of the three services who have done so much to make our tour a success. We are very glad that you made it possible for us to travel in two ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, and in an aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force. We know also how much the army has done at all times for us. Our visits to navy, army and air force establishments impressed us greatly and we are proud to have been saluted by so many guards of honour of all three services throughout the length of our journey.
I am sure I need not tell you that this, our first visit to Canada, has made us wish to come back before too long to see more of the country and its people. I hope very much also that I will soon have the chance of meeting you again.
Subtopic: MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH