Mr. W. G. Weir (Poriage-Neepawa):
Mr. Speaker, I rise at the moment on a question not so much of privilege as of courtesy. Yesterday afternoon I happened to look through the Parliamentary Guide, and found that one of our distinguished members in the house is today celebrating his twenty-eighth anniversary as a member of the house. I refer of course to our genial and very good friend, the hon. member for Temiscouata, Mr. Jean Frangois Pouliot.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election on December 1, 1924, and has been elected in seven general elections since that time, a period of twenty-eight years-three years more than a quarter of a century.
While in the house we may have our differences, while there may be harsh words exchanged at different times across the floor of the chamber, nevertheless I think that on an occasion of this kind we might pause a moment and pay a well-deserved mark of courtesy to one of our senior members in the house. I do this with a great deal of pleasure, although perhaps all too inadequately.
I noticed further, in reviewing the comments in the Parliamentary Guide, that the Pouliot family has been quite distinguished in its record of public service. I believe the hon. member's father was a member of the House of Commons, and that his grandfather and great-grandfather served in various legislative capacities.
It is clear therefore that the background of the Pouliot family in the public life of this country has been most significant. Having in mind the atmosphere of this institution, and what it means to serve here a long time, I think all hon. members this afternoon would wish to pay our tribute of respect, and to offer our congratulations and very best wishes to the hon. member for Temiscouata.
I believe I speak for all members in the House of Commons when I extend to the hon. member our very best wishes.