April 11, 1967

MADAME VANIER

ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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.

Topic:   MADAME VANIER
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, the announcement by the Prime Minister concerning the elevation of Madame Vanier to the Privy Council is something for which there will be general support. It is unusual, but it is entirely justified. Her grace, her charm, and above all the fact that she never lost sight of the people as a whole, or in other words her lack of stuffiness, gave to Rideau Hall a distinction by which the term of office of her late husband will always be remembered.

Topic:   MADAME VANIER
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, it is significant that when members in all parts of this house and editorial writers across Canada were commenting on the passing of the late Governor General, almost without exception reference was made to the splendid contribution Madame Vanier had made during the years she and her husband had occupied Rideau Hall. I think therefore it is most fitting that this house should 23033-933J

pause in its deliberations to pay tribute to a very charming lady who brought to her position not only friendliness and kindliness, but also an intellectual capacity that enabled her to play an important role in the public life of Canada.

The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for having paid tribute to Madame Vanier by appointing her to the Privy Council. I am sure this gesture will be approved by Canadians in every walk of life. We think this honour well deserved and well earned. We wish Madame Vanier a long life, and we hope the gratitude of the Canadian people will always be for her an endearing memory.

Topic:   MADAME VANIER
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL
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RA

David Réal Caouette

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Real Caouelle (Villeneuve):

Mr. Speaker, we wish to congratulate the Prime Minister for appointing Madame Georges Vanier to the Privy Council. This is welcome news. In addition to bringing to its meetings her usual charm which parliament and all Canadians have come to know, I am sure that Madame Vanier will make a worthy contribution to the Privy Council. I feel that the Canadian people as a whole will be happy to hear about that appointment which will give even more weight to the Privy Council of Canada.

Topic:   MADAME VANIER
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL
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SC

Alexander Bell Patterson

Social Credit

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

Mr. Speaker, we wish to associate ourselves with the words of appreciation to Madame Vanier for the splendid contribution she has made to Canada, and to join in the expression of best wishes as she leaves to establish residence in Montreal.

Topic:   MADAME VANIER
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT TO CANADIAN PRIVY COUNCIL
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TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

CONCURRENCE IN FIFTEENTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Do I understand that the hon. member for Hamilton West (Mr. Macaluso) wants to return to the item "Presenting Reports"?

Topic:   TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN FIFTEENTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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LIB

Joseph Angelo Macaluso

Liberal

Mr. Joseph Macaluso (Hamilton West):

Your Honour please. I was somewhat tardy in rising in my place when the order was called, and I apologize to the house.

Apiil 11, 1967

Inquiries of the Ministry

I have the honour to present the fifteenth report of the standing committee on transport and communications in English and in French, and with the consent of the house I intend to move concurrence in this report later this day.

Topic:   TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN FIFTEENTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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LIB

Joseph Angelo Macaluso

Liberal

Mr. Macaluso:

Mr. Speaker, if the house gives its consent I move:

That the fifteenth report of the standing committee on transport and communications presented this day be concurred in.

Topic:   TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN FIFTEENTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


SIR DONALD SANGSTER

TRIBUTE ON DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, with regret I have to call the attention of the house to the passing an hour or so ago in Montreal of the recently elected prime minister of Jamaica. Sir Donald Sangster had been ill for some weeks in Montreal, and in spite of all the efforts of a great Canadian medical institution they were unable to save the life of this fine and noble man. He had served his country over the years with great distinction and devotion. He was the servant not only of Jamaica but of the commonwealth. My own feeling of regret is increased by the knowledge that I have lost one who was a good, personal friend.

I am sure the house will join me in expressing sympathy to the relatives of Sir Donald Sangster and to the people of Jamaica in the loss of their distinguished prime minister.

Topic:   SIR DONALD SANGSTER
Subtopic:   TRIBUTE ON DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA
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CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

REPORTED SPEECH BY STATE SECRETARY RESPECTING METHOD OF OBTAINING


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Prime Minister whether the enunciation regarding Canadian citizenship made by the Secretary of State last evening in the city of Montreal represents government policy. She is reported to have said:

Citizenship, she said, should not be a status automatically accorded anyone bom in Canada but should be obtainable only by a process of application, swearing in and the issuing of a citizenship certificate.

I ask the Prime Minister whether such a retrograde step is in the contemplation of the government.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   REPORTED SPEECH BY STATE SECRETARY RESPECTING METHOD OF OBTAINING
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April 11, 1967