Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to inform the house, because I think it will be of interest to the house, that Madame Vanier is leaving Ottawa tomorrow to establish permanent residence in Montreal. I know I am speaking for all members when I say that during her years at Rideau Hall she won a place in the hearts of Canadians that was equalled only by that which had been gained by her distinguished husband our beloved Governor General. The words I have used to try to express our admiration, affection and respect for the late Governor General apply equally, I am sure, to Madame Vanier. She was one half of a perfect partnership in service to Canada.
The house may also be interested to know that this evening at 6 p.m. Madame Vanier is to be sworn in as a member of the Privy Council of Canada. She will be the first woman, apart from ministers of the crown, to occupy that honourable place.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL