April 4, 1967

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF HON. ROLAND MICHENER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

That was a measure of, his dedication. The Prime Minister referred to the fact that when a country can mobilize people like this to serve, it is well for democracy. I recall so well the circumstances under which General Vanier was approached by me at the University of Montreal during the course of a visit to that city. It was only after earnest solicitation that he accepted the post.

To the new Governor General and his wife I wish the continuation of those high standards set by Right Hon. Georges P. Vanier and Right Hon. Vincent Massey.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure there will be general approval of the appointment by Her Majesty of Mr. Roland Michener as the new Governor General of Canada. The Prime Minister is to be congratulated on having made this recommendation. This will be a very arduous year for a governor general in view of the heavy program that has been outlined. I have not any doubt at all that Mr. and Mrs. Michener will bring to their high office the dignity and friendliness which are so essential if they are to discharge their duties acceptably.

I think there is much to be said for having a head of state who is outside of and beyond partisan politics.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

I believe that has been the value of having a governor general and a personal representative of the crown as the head of state in Canada. We have been singularly fortunate in Canada in the governors general we have had over the years, certainly in my lifetime, but I think we can be pardoned for saying that we are especially proud of the Canadians who have occupied that high office. In Mr. Vincent Massey, an English speaking Canadian, and Georges P. Vanier, a French speaking Canadian, we have had two of the finest and most distinguished men to hold this office.

While Mr. Roland Michener follows a most outstanding succession, I have no doubt at all that with his record in the past of getting along with people he will also bring lustre to the office to which he is to be appointed.

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Changes in Cabinet

I am sure members of all parties in the house will want to say that in so far as we as members of parliament are concerned, we will do everything we can to make his task easier and to make his occupancy of that office an outstanding success.

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RA

David Réal Caouette

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Real Caouette (Villeneuve):

Mr. Speaker, the appointment of Hon. Roland Michener to the high office of Governor General of Canada does not surprise anyone as his name has been mentioned repeatedly of late.

I do not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Michener personally but I heard many speak very highly of him. When he was politically active although I may not have shared his views, Mr. Michener has always been considered impartial, and as a Canadian who wanted above all else harmony in this land. His appointment to the high office of Governor General of Canada will doubtless please the whole nation.

Mr. Speaker, there will be some in certain areas of the country, and more particularly in the province of Quebec, who will naturally claim that this appointment constitutes a vestige of colonialism. I do not share that view in the least.

If we consider what the late General Vanier meant for the whole of Canada, we have to recognize that a governor general may fulfil a most important role in the whole of Canada since he is above partisan politics, above the political parties, the Governor General may-as the new incumbent will-consider the various elements which make up this country and try to hold the pieces together. From that viewpoint, the governor general does not constitute a trace of colonialism but a symbol of unity and understanding, in one word, the symbol of co-operation and respect by the various elements that make up our Canadian nation.

With all my heart, I wish the Governor General and Mrs. Michener long life. I wish them also every happiness in the discharge of their functions which will enable every Canadian to admire them and witness all the good they are in a position to accomplish for the future of the country and the elements that constitute Canada.

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Alexander Bell Patterson

Social Credit

Mr. A. B. Patterson (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, we join with others in welcoming the announcement just made by the Prime Minister. Canada has been blessed with a

succession of able and distinguished governors general, and following the death of the late General Georges P. Vanier, Canadians have wondered who would be chosen to fill this very important position. Among those suggested as possible successors was Hon. Roland Michener, Canadian high commissioner to India and former Speaker of this house.

Mr. Michener is remembered, I am sure, for his kindliness, his impartiality and his sense of justice. He served with distinction in the office to which he was elected by this house. His service as high commissioner to India has been characterized by a quiet and effective discharge of his responsibilities as the representative of Canada in that country. Now as Hon. Mr. Michener becomes Governor General I am sure Canadians will extend to him and to Mrs. Michener the same pledge of loyalty and affection they have always given to those who have served as the personal representatives of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada.

[DOT] (3:00 p.m.)

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SC

Robert Norman Thompson

Social Credit

Mr. Thompson:

Mr. Speaker-

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. If the hon.

member for Red Deer (Mr. Thompson) wants to rise on the same subject he can only do so with the unanimous consent of the house.

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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Some hon. Members:

No.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I regret very much that there is not unanimity.

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THE MINISTRY

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGES IN CABINET

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to announce certain changes in the administration. His Excellency the Administrator has accepted the resignation of Lucien Cardin as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and the resignation of Hon. Guy Favreau as President of the Privy Council and Registrar General of Canada.

To these old and true friends I should like to express my deep gratitude for their unselfish and devoted service to the country through their service to the government since it was formed in April, 1963. Mr. Cardin served as associate minister of national defence and as minister of justice. Mr. Favreau served as minister of citizenship and

April 4, 1967

immigration, as minister of justice, as president of the privy council and as house leader. On his retirement from the cabinet Mr. Favreau has been appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of the province of Quebec. I have benefited greatly from their wise counsel, and I greatly value their friendship. To both I should like to express my sincere thanks and warmest good wishes for the future.

On my recommendation the Administrator has agreed to the appointment of Hon. Walter Gordon as President of the Privy Council, and Hon. John Turner as Registrar General of Canada. His Excellency has agreed to the appointment of two members of this house as privy councillors and members of the cabinet; the hon. member for Saint-Maurice-Lafleche (Mr. Chretien), who has been parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance, and the hon. member for Mount Royal (Mr. Trudeau), who has served as my parliamentary secretary. The hon. member for Mount Royal will assume the office of Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and the hon. member for Saint-Maurice-Lafleche will serve as a member of the administration without portfolio.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

I wish to table an exchange of notes between the government of Canada and the government of the Socialist Republic of Roumania concerning the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two governments.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ROUMANIA-EXCHANGE OF NOTES RESPECTING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Has the minister leave to table these documents?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, as the house is aware the Prime Minister undertook in response to a suggestion by Hon. Daniel Johnson to arrange, if other provinces were in agreement, for a preliminary conference of the ministers concerned to plan and initiate preparations for a federal-provincial conference on the whole

Dominion-Provincial Relations question of financial institutions and securities legislation. The exchange of correspondence between the Prime Minister and Hon. Daniel Johnson on this subject was tabled in the house on February 13.

While it has not been easy to arrange a date which is suitable to all concerned, I expect that April 10 will be acceptable for the preliminary meeting of ministers in Ottawa, to be followed the next day by a federal-provincial meeting of officials. The purpose of these initial meetings is to identify, consider in a preliminary way, and initiate preparatory work for a future federal-provincial conference regarding financial institutions and securities and the various measures that could be taken by both levels of government to solve problems in these fields. The Canadian government will be represented by the Registrar General, the new Minister without Portfolio and myself.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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April 4, 1967