Order. May I on behalf of all hon. members pay tribute at this time to a great statesman of modern Germany, former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, whose memory was honoured today at a state funeral in Cologne cathedral attended by dignitaries of many nations and at which Canada was represented by the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Martin).
In many places throughout the world people will be paying homage today to a life long and rich in accomplishment. The right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson), on behalf of Canada, has already conveyed to Chancellor Kiesinger the assurance that we in Canada will remember Dr. Adenauer as a firm and resolute ally of the west who led his country to reconstruction and rebirth, as a friend who led Germany to membership in the Atlantic alliance and to a prominent place in the European movement. Today the constructive role that the Federal Republic of Germany plays in world affairs is the legacy that Dr. Adenauer has left this century in a few short years.
[DOT] (2:40 p.m.)
These are his accomplishments, and they will have earned him a special place in the history of our country. We extend our sympathy to our German friends at a time of national loss, and particularly to our parliamentary colleagues in the federal German Bundestag.
Subtopic: TRIBUTE ON PASSING OF FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR