Next sitting of the house.
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Royal Assent THE ROYAL ASSENT
I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:
Government House, Ottawa April 18, 1962
I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Patrick Kerwin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, in his capacity as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate Chamber today, the 18th day of April, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving royal assent to certain bills.
I have the honour to be, sir.
Your obedient servant.
A. G. Cherrier, Assistant Secretary to the Governor General.
A message was delivered by Major C. R. Lamoureux, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows:
Mr. Speaker, the Honourable the Deputy Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate.
Accordingly, Mr. Speaker with the house went up to the Senate chamber.
And being returned:
Mr. Speaker informed the house that the Deputy Governor General had been pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills:
An act to incorporate Brock Acceptance Company.
An act to incorporate Gerand Acceptance Company.
An act respecting Canada Security Assurance Company.
An act to amend the Canada Grain Act.
An act respecting The Canadian Indemnity Company and the Canadian Fire Insurance Company.
An act respecting Reliance Insurance Company of Canada.
An act to amend the Representation Act.
An act to amend the Veterans' Land Act.
An act to provide for the Reporting of Financial and other Statistics relating to the Affairs of Corporations and Labour Unions carrying on Activities in Canada.
An act to incorporate Greymac Mortgage Corporation.
An act to amend the Customs Act.
An act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service for the financial year ending the 31st March, 1962.
An act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service for the financial year ending the 31st March, 1963.
Before I declare the adjournment, may I say to all hon. members that my wife and I shall be extremely happy if hon. gentlemen wish to join us across the hall after the adjournment. I include in this invitation such members of the press as have survived, and their ladies.
Mr. Fleming (Eglinion):
Mr. Speaker, I am not quite sure what our status is at the moment, it being after six o'clock. However, I believe it would be the wish of all hon. members, whether we are proceeding in a formal sense or an informal sense, that I extend to you at what is no doubt the closing session of this twenty fourth parliament, the thanks of all hon. members for the admirable, fair, good humoured and always pleasant way in which you have presided over our deliberations. If a friendly atmosphere has not always prevailed in the chamber, Mr. Speaker, it is certainly no fault of yours because you have radiated friendliness, fairness and a desire to address yourself to the business before the house. There may not be agreement on all outstanding questions, Mr. Speaker, but on this one I am sure there will be a unanimous feeling in this house in thanking you for the manner in which you have presided over the twenty fourth parliament, as you did over the twenty third parliament.
Perhaps you will not think it amiss, Mr. Speaker, if I associate others with this expression of gratitude to you. I think, of course, of the Clerk of the House and the first assistant and second assistant clerks. They have always been fair, always courteous and always devoted to their duties. I think that all members of this house consider themselves happy indeed that the house has been so admirably served by its officers.
I was not aware that the Prime Minister would be arriving at this particular time, Mr. Speaker, otherwise I might have suggested a few minutes of relaxation pending his arrival. He has indicated to me, however, that I may complete my remarks. In this case, I should like to include as well members of the staff of the house, the Sergeant-at-Arms and his deputy, the staff of this house in all its branches, who served this house so faithfully.
You have been associated and upheld, Mr. Speaker, by two worthy members of this house, the Deputy Speaker and the deputy chairman of committees. They, like you, have presided over the deliberations of the house and committees with fairness, with dignity and have sought as well to make their contributions to the transaction of the business of the house in as pleasant an atmosphere as may be possible in a parliament that is known to have divisions. So, Mr. Speaker, this is an expression that is extended to all who have served this house, and I believe it will be the expression of all hon. members.
In the absence of the Leader of the Opposition, which he regrets very much, and in the absence of my hon. friend from Laurier who would normally
have followed the Minister of Finance, I may say that I do not think my sentiments could be expressed any better than in the words used by the Minister of Finance. It has not always been the case in the 24th, or even the 23rd parliament, that I have found myself in agreement with the utterances of the Minister of Finance but, at the very close of this parliament, I find myself perforce in agreement with him because we do appreciate the way in which Your Honour- on some occasions that have been quite trying and difficult, when feelings were aroused and when difficult points were raised-has threaded through the intricacies of procedure and come out with decisions which some of us may not always have agreed with but which all of us agreed were always reached objectively and fairly and in the best traditions of the high office you hold.
As for the staff of the house, the Clerk of the House, the Sergeant-at-Arms and all those who assist them in the procedure of the house and in the housekeeping of parliament which has become more difficult as we spread ourselves into more and more real estate, above ground and under ground, I express the warmest feelings of appreciation. I may add we hope that all the digging of tunnels may be completed by the time the next parliament meets.
In all the matters which make for the efficient discharge by this house of the duties we are sent to discharge as the representatives of the people, we have had the unfailing and courteous assistance of the staff who have often worked very long hours under quite trying circumstances. It is not often that we have the opportunity to express the gratitude we feel and I support the Minister of Finance in all he has said about them. Of course that applies particularly to Hansard. Perhaps there are few hon. members in the house who have more reason to thank Hansard because there are few members who have put a greater burden upon them, according to some of the statistics which I might be inclined to dispute, but which I sometimes read in the press.
As for the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees I echo what has been said by the Minister of Finance. Both of these gentlemen have replaced others who fulfilled those functions previously, and in the particular case of the hon. member for Spadina because of circumstances which we all deeply regret.
Perhaps sometimes our differences with the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees may have been a little more intense than they ever were with Your Honour. Nevertheless on this occasion I would like to echo the words of the Minister of
Finance with regard to the present occupants of those positions-if they are still the present occupants-those occupants who in a very few minutes will cease to adorn those positions. I express our appreciation of them and of those who preceded them. In doing so I include the junior member of the government who, despite whatever differences we had with him, we always found occupied the chair with dignity and decorum.
Mr. Speaker, I am glad that my last official act as the parliamentary leader of this famous group for this session of parliament is a delightful and pleasant one-to join with the Minister of Finance and the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate in expressing our sincere appreciation of your services as Speaker during this parliament.
It has been true that your understanding of human beings, your understanding of the mood of the house, your sense of humour and your spirit of fair play have caused you to be so loved by us and has caused us to have such an appreciation of your period of office. It is for those reasons, Mr. Speaker, that during recent months there has been a growing interest in the house, and in the party for which I have the honour to speak this afternoon, in the proposal that we should have a permanent speaker.
We in this group trust that finally we shall adopt the practice which has been found so satisfactory in Great Britain, namely the appointment of a permanent speaker and that, because he is the permanent speaker, he will receive that due consideration in the difficult periods that come occasionally when the people of a country have to make their decision as to the government they wish to have.
Before concluding I must also express our appreciation of the kindness and hospitality extended to hon. members of the house by your good wife. She is one of the most charming ladies one could imagine.
Anyone who has attended one of her dinners cannot but realize she knows what a good table is and how to make certain that all present enjoy themselves in the friendliest of atmospheres.
Therefore, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of this group, and I might say we all expect to be back after the next election, we trust you will have an enjoyable holiday and will return refreshed to the coming parliament and that we will find, should that parliament
decide early in its proceedings to make provision for the office of a permanent speaker, you will grace it.
I trust hon. members will permit me one word more. In view of the kind and gracious things that have been said I should like to acknowledge, first on behalf of my associates in the chair and in committee, the words of appreciation which have so properly been spoken about them. Then I should like to acknowledge the appreciation expressed for the officers at the table, the Clerk of the House, the Assistant Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms and others who have served the house so well and upon whom we all depend so greatly. For them I am sure I express their gratitude that their services, so often ignored, have been properly acknowledged in these closing hours. Likewise for my wife I could not be more appreciative of the words which have been said about her.
For myself, of course, I would like to say a great deal more than would be acceptable. May I put it simply-that these years in the 24th and 23rd parliaments have been years of great happiness and interest. They have been years of happiness because of the co-operation which the house, on all sides, has extended unfailingly to me, both when I was right and when I was not so right. So I say, not without some feeling, that I am grateful for everything that has been said in this final hour. What I should say to you I am not quite sure as you go out to the experience we shall all share in common. Perhaps the best I can do would be to renew the invitation to join me across the hall, and wish you all many happy returns.
Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, before the formal adjournment of the house is asked for I should like once more to ask hon. gentlemen in the New Democratic party whether they would be prepared to continue this session until the conclusion of that portion of business which was being considered at the time we resorted to the other place. I make that appeal; I shall do no more. If there is no hope of that appeal receiving the consideration which I would have expected it would receive, then of course there is nothing more to do than for the house leader to move the adjournment of the house. I think tomorrow may be the date when His Excellency will receive the advice and the dissolution already indicated will become effective.
Mr. Speaker, I would move the adjournment of the house until April 26.
Business of the House
By leave the house could entertain a motion; it is alter six o'clock. Does the house agree to entertain a motion to adjourn?
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved:
That when this house adjourns on Wednesday, April 18, it stand adjourned until Thursday, April 26, 1962.
Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could ask the house leader what the business will be on April 26.
I will confer with the hon. gentleman before we resume.
Motion agreed to. It being forty five minutes after six o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. The twenty fourth parliament was dissolved on Thursday, April 19, 1962, by proclamation of His Excellency the Governor General.