Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):
Recently the right hon. gentleman the member for Woodford, Sir Winston Churchill, announced his retirement from the British House of Commons. As the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said at Westminster this week, this is an occasion both of sadness and of grandeur; sadness, because the greatest parliamentary career of our time is coming to an end; grandeur, because of the honour and lustre which that career has brought to the institution of parliament.
Mr. Speaker, I am sure all members of this house would wish to put on record the unbounded admiration and gratitude of the Canadian House of Commons for Sir Winston's services to freedom and to free men everywhere. We shall remain forever in his debt for the inspiration and the achievements of his life and his work; above all for his leadership in the struggle against what he once described as "the foulest and most soul destroying tyranny which had ever darkened and stained the pages of history."
The sweep of Sir Winston's career across our history is still so close to us that we can only view with awe the part he has played in this turbulent twentieth century. We are so close to him that it is difficult to pay adequate tribute to, or even to keep in any proper perspective, one who always matched, and often dominated, the events of his age.
He is the heroic war leader; the transcendent politician, parliamentarian and statesman; the adventurer, soldier, orator, historian; the most human of human beings; the man who never knew fear, never admitted defeat, never confused victory with peace, never let prejudice confound progress. He was a manysided genius, the Renaissance man 400 years after the Renaissance.
Though our most cherished and most vivid recollection of him is as the war leader, indomitable, vast, inspiring with his voice 20220-390J
alone millions of men around the world, this day, in this chamber, in this daughter of the mother of parliaments, we pay tribute to the man of the House of Commons in which he served as a member for 64 years. He is the last of a great generation of parliamentary leaders whose skill in parliamentary debate was equalled only by his love of it. No house of commons will see his like again.
We recall, Mr. Speaker, with affection the occasion when his presence and the nobility of his spirit enriched this chamber. We are, I am sure, as one today in acknowledging the immeasurable debt that all free men and the parliaments by which they are served owe to this man. So we wish him and Lady Churchill, a fitting helpmate for such a man, further good years ahead to enjoy the esteem and affection of their millions and millions of friends in every corner of the world.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES ON RETIREMENT FROM BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMONS