Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister);
Mr. Speaker, it is my sad duty to announce to members of the house the death this morning of a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council, General A. G. L. McNaughton, after a career of continuous service to his country in war and peace, service of the greatest distinction, extending over more than 60 years.
The value to his country of General McNaughton's services was equalled only by the courage and unselfishness he always showed in performing those services. On the military side perhaps he was best known as the first commander of Canada's First Army overseas, and for the magnificent way in which he prepared that army for the great part it was to play in the liberation of Europe.
After the war, when General McNaughton had so richly earned rest and retirement, his activities if anything increased. Among other things he represented Canada very ably at the United Nations when our country was first elected to the security council. He also served with distinction for many years as chairman of the Canadian section of the International Joint Commission.
General McNaughton was always active and vigorous in public affairs, right up to the day of his death, especially in promoting what he considered to be right policies in the preservation and the development of our natural resources. In a very real sense he died in action and he would never have had it any other way. My own friendship with General McNaughton, which I shall always cherish, goes back for many years. He was a warm hearted, whole souled and high minded gentleman.
There was nothing mean or small about nim, but much that was brave and good and wise. Canada has lost one of its most distinguished sons. I send my deepest sympathy to Mrs. McNaughton and the members of the family.
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