Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):
Mr. Raymond, it is a source of some encouragement to me to feel that the first words I utter from this side of the house may, I believe will, receive more approval, indeed I hope unanimous approval, than some I may be uttering as the session continues. We have just been reminded, in a ceremony that goes to the very roots of our parliamentary history and emphasizes the continuity of that history, that we will not be in a position to receive the speech from the throne, indeed we will not be in a position to take any action-in fact I am not sure that we are constituted as a House of Commons at all
until we choose a Speaker. It is my duty to begin the process of rectifying this omission, and for that purpose it is my privilege to nominate the hon. member for Mount Royal, Mr. Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton.
Mr. Macnaughton was born in Ontario and was educated in Ontario, Quebec and the United Kingdom. He is a Queen's counsel learned in the law, and he has had experience and success in business. He has been a member of the house since 1949 and has made distinguished contributions to the work of parliament during that period.
Perhaps I might be permitted to mention particularly his work during the twenty fourth parliament as chairman of the public accounts committee, when he showed those qualities
Election of Speaker
of impartiality, objectivity, a sense of proportion and f airness which I believe make him eminently suitable for the high office of Speaker of this house. In that office he will be the guardian of the rights and privileges of the house and of all the hon. members of the house in accordance with the historical and valued traditions of our parliamentary system inherited from the mother of parliaments at Westminster.
His functions, of course, will also include presiding over the deliberations of the house, not always the easiest responsibility to discharge and one requiring both judicial fairness and impartial firmness.
Perhaps the qualities that are required for a Speaker of the House of Commons were never better described than by the Greek philosopher Socrates when, referring to the qualities that are required for a judge, he said, "four things belong to a judge; to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially." I believe the hon. member for Mount Royal has these qualities to a very unusual degree; therefore I take great pleasure in moving, seconded by the Minister of Justice (Mr. Chevrier):
That Alan A. Macnaughton, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Mount Royal, do take the chair of this house as Speaker.
Subtopic: MR. ALAN A. MACNAUGHTON, MEMBER FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF MOUNT ROYAL