Mr. R. N. Thompson (Red Deer):
Mr. Raymond, it is with pleasure, on behalf of our party and myself personally, that I join with the leaders of the other opposition parties in giving wholehearted support to the nomination made by the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson) and seconded by the President of the Privy Council (Mr. Favreau).
Those of us who watched Mr. Lamoureux during the last parliament, particularly as Deputy Speaker, I think are virtually in
unanimous agreement that he performed his work well. I believe that it is logical that he should now be named Speaker of this twenty seventh parliament. Perhaps the twenty sixth parliament will be known as the parliament which, under the leadership of the former Speaker, Mr. Macnaughton, brought in the revised rules and procedures. We are grateful for the work that Mr. Macnaughton carried on and to which he gave leadership.
I believe this parliament will have as its responsibility the implementation and refining of those rules. Because of this there is a particular responsibility upon Mr. Lamoureux. His experience and his familiarity with these new rules and procedures I think make it reasonable that he should be the one to chair this chamber during this parliament.
I believe that further remarks are redundant as far as the importance of maintaining the authority and the rights of the Speaker as they relate to the preservation of our parliamentary procedure. We want you, Mr. Raymond, to know that we give our support to Mr. Lamoureux, that we will co-operate with him and that we will share, so far as it is possible, that responsibility of making sure this parliament functions effectively and well.
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Subtopic: MR. LUCIEN LAMOUREUX, MEMBER FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF STORMONT