Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, today Her Majesty the Queen is giving royal assent to United Kingdom legislation enabling the creation of a British Caribbean federation. The federation will not legally come into being until a constitution is adopted and a governor general appointed. Nevertheless, the passage of the Caribbean federation bill is such an important milestone that in those colonies which will eventually comprise the federation, that is to say, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Leeward islands, the Windward islands and Barbados, today is being celebrated as Federation day.
I am sure all hon. members will wish to join with me in expressing, on behalf of the people of Canada, our gratification at the substantial achievement represented by the legislation which is being submitted for royal assent today, and our warmest wishes for the future of the federation.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION