Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, in rising to join with the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) in the motion adopting the address of sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen, I simply wish to add a few words to those in which the Prime Minister has expressed the sympathy of every one of us and the sympathy of Canadians generally to Her Gracious Majesty the Queen and to the members of the Royal Family in the loss of one very dear to them and dear to all of us.
I am sure that not one of us will ever in our lifetime forget a picture which appeared in the press just about a year ago. It was a picture of three queens standing together in mourning, with faces of tragic sorrow, watching the beloved body of a son, husband and father being carried to its last resting place. Now one of those queens is gone. She has been so much a part of the life of every one of us that it is still difficult to realize that she has passed from this mortal scene. If anyone in any other country should ask today why it is that with disappearing monarchies in many lands our monarchy still stands so firm and strong, I think the answer is to be found in the characteristics displayed by Queen Mary throughout the whole of her life.
Her life itself was the best example of those great qualities of heart and mind and spirit which have been identified with our thoughts of royality. Her life was one of constant devotion to duty. It was the duty of her life as a mother, as well as a queen, that established her position in the minds of all who knew her.
The late Queen Mary
I know that there are many in this house who recall as I do the dramatic scene in London in 1935 when King George V and Queen Mary passed through the streets of London at the time of their jubilee. I think it came as a revelation, even to the people of Britain and certainly to the rest of the world, to see the outpouring of affection on the part of the people who were there and which indicated the place that Queen Mary as well as King George V had taken in the heart of everyone.
I remember also after they had returned from St. Paul's cathedral and came out on the balcony of the palace there were two young girls beside them at that time. One of them is the present Queen. To her the sympathy of every Canadian goes out at this time because of a deep bond of affection which endeared her to all of us. We extend our sympathies not only to a queen but to the granddaughter of a woman who will always command the respect of everyone who loves decency and the traditions to which we adhere.
Subtopic: ADDRESS TO HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE ROYAL FAMILY