Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Chairman, may I have your indulgence and the indulgence of the committee for a moment to make a very short announcement. It was felt by the government that in view of the prominent participation in Canada's official delegation to attend the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen in Westminster Abbey on June 2 next, of the Right Hon. Thibaudeau Rinfret, Chief Justice of Canada, the Hon. Elie Beauregard, Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. William Ross Macdonald, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Hon. George Alexander Drew. Leader of the Opposition, it would be fitting if they did so as members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
The recommendation for their appointment was approved by His Excellency the Governor General and late this afternoon the privy councillor's oath of office was taken before Mr. Justice Kerwin, in his capacity as deputy of the governor general, by the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Leader of the Opposition.
Appointments to Canadian Privy Council The Chief Justice of Canada is already overseas and, in his case, the taking of this oath of office has had to be postponed until his return to Canada.
I am sure all of us in the House of Commons would wish to join in congratulations to the two distinguished members of the house who have just become privy councillors. Speaking now for this side of the house only, I may perhaps be permitted to add that it is natural for us to hope that, though he has become a member of Her Majesty's Canadian council, my hon. friend the Leader of the Opposition may continue for many years to discharge the responsibilities of his present important office.