Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I know I shall be speaking for all hon. members on both sides of the house in expressing admiration for those beautiful flowers on the desk of the hon. member for Grenville-Dundas (Mr. Casselman) and in extending to him our warmest congratulations on this the thirtieth anniversary of his first election to the House of Commons. During a great part of that time, and during the whole of the time that it has been my privilege to be in the house, the hon. member has served as the whip of his party. He has done so in a manner and with a courtesy that has been helpful in the conduct of the business of the house. I know that we all wish him many more years of useful public service.
Another hon. member, the hon. member for Dauphin (Mr. Ward), was also elected to this house for the first time thirty years ago. I am sure that, though it may for some of the members of the house have been the result of an event that was not entirely pleasing to them, we were all glad to welcome him back to this house. I am sure that to him also all hon. members would wish many more years of useful public service.
The third member of the house who unfortunately is prevented by indisposition from being here today but who was elected at the same time and who has been over the thirty years a constant attendant in the house is the hon. member for Danforth (Mr. Harris). I am sure we regret that he is not here today so that we might have the opportunity of extending to him personally our congratulations and good wishes. I think all hon. members would agree with me, Mr. Speaker, in asking you to inform the hon. member that we are thinking of him today and that we are all extending to him our very best wishes.