Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, with the permission of the house I would like to make a reference to a national event, epitomizing the pride of Canadians, whatever province they may live in. With the two teams that participated in the Grey Cup on Saturday it was indeed a politician's paradise because no matter where you stood or where you lived you could express the hope that the rough riders would win. However, coming from the province of Saskatchewan where we have had a football drought that lasted more than half a century, the outcome of the game was of such importance that it deserves historic reference. To the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the winners of the Grey Cup, I am sure members in all parts of the house would want to join in congratulations. To the Ottawa Rough Riders, our congratulations also for the high sportsmanship they displayed; and to all the participants among the various teams throughout the season, finally culminating in this great classic, there must be the appreciation of Canadians for the degree to which football has brought us all together in a unity that otherwise is sometimes doubted.