Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to avail myself of the privilege, which is afforded at this time, of congratulating the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) on the tenth anniversary of his entry into the House of Commons. Each one of those of us who believe in our particular form of democratic government shares the hope that men who have attained success in their own particular field of activity, whatever it may be, will show the same willingness to serve the public that has been shown by the Prime Minister of Canada. It was to serve his country that he gave up the comfortable security of his own home and, may I add, the assured income of a leader of the bar. Those who do not belong to his own party will, I am sure, pay tribute to the spirit of public service which prompted his entry into this house just as much as those who are associated with him in his own party.
I am particularly pleased that we are afforded the opportunity to pay him our respects in this way, because I am inclined to think that never was there a time when it was so desirable that the thought be impressed upon the mind of every Canadian, particularly young Canadians, that the vigour and surviving strength of our democratic system depends on the willingness of those who are able to do their own job well to enter the parliament of Canada and give the advantage of their experience to the deliberations of this house. Whether it may be in public or in private life, I trust and I am confident that the Prime Minister will at all times have in his heart a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that, whatever our political opinions may be, we all respect him for the public service he has rendered.
Subtopic: CONGRATULATIONS ON TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF ENTRY INTO PARLIAMENT