Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the rules of this chamber properly restrict statements to matters or events which the government deems it necessary to make known to the house. The events which occurred during the past 24 hours are known by all hon. members and will gain little from repetition now. They are, nonetheless, of such an incredible nature, and illustrate so vividly the accomplishments of man in the fields of science and technology, that it is fitting for us to pause with all humanity to reflect on the magnificent accomplishment of this "giant leap".
Since the dawn of history men have turned their eyes heavenward to gaze at the mysterious moon. Through the courage of three men and the talents of many thousands of others, that heavenly body has suddenly given up its mysteries and has come within the grasp of earth. The adventure which we observed last night is surely one of the greatest achievements of all time.
On behalf of the government and the people of Canada, may I in this place congratulate the three astronauts and the people of the United States for this deed. We all wish the astronauts Godspeed and a safe return to earth.