Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to rise on a question of privilege concerning a matter in which I believe every hon. member of the house will be interested. Indeed I believe that you, sir, and all hon. members would want at this day's sitting to pay a tribute to the service which has been rendered to the House of Commons by one of our faithful employees who has worked for the House of Commons 38 years and who I understand is retiring today. I refer to a very modest and unassuming gentleman, Mr. Thomas S. Hubbard, the editor of Hansard.
I am sure it is unnecessary for me to say how important Hansard is to the House of Commons. We all appreciate the work done by the Hansard staff on this important document. I understand that Mr. Hubbard first came to work for the House of Commons as a reporter in 1919. At that time this building had not yet been rebuilt following the fire and the House of Commons was sitting in the national museum. During these 38 years Mr. Hubbard has served in ten parliaments and in the regimes of five prime ministers. I suppose he has seen as many as a thousand members come to this house, and I think it is only fitting, on this day when after he edits this final edition of Hansard he will retire, that we should pay tribute to this faithful servant and this fine friend of the members of the House of Commons.