Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, if the house will permit me I should like to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of Mr. J. Edward Day, Postmaster General of the United States, who is visiting Ottawa for discussions in connection with postal developments. He is accompanied by several distinguished citizens of the United States and members of the advisory committee. There is no better example of the benefits of international cooperation than can be found in the post office departments of the world.
It is particularly pleasing to welcome him at this time on behalf of his country when all of us in the free world, and in the uncommitted world as well, are watching the course of Colonel John Glenn as he speeds into history for the benefit of all mankind. I am sure I voice the prayers and hopes of all of us that the flight, so auspiciously begun, will be successful after so many disappointments and delays, in the process of which these facts became known to the world, as is always the case amongst democratic nations.
I know everyone is happy today, and I am sure the house will allow me to express the hope that the flight will continue to be, in its remaining circuits of the earth, as successful as it has already been. The latest word is that Colonel Glenn is approaching his first encirclement of the earth, and all of us pray for a successful conclusion. This House of Commons, I am sure, is united in extending congratulations to him, to his technical advisers, and in particular to the President and people of the United States.