Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, we have learned with deep emotion of the death of General de Gaulle, one of the great figures of our time. I want to render homage to his genius as a soldier, and to the outstanding qualities of a statesman who, in his own lifetime, became an historical figure.
Even before the outbreak of the World War in 1939, Charles de Gaulle had shown an extraordinary understanding of the dimensions of modem war. But the defeat and occupation of France brought out in him, during long and hard years, the courage and pride of the patriot in exile, and the patience and authority of the politician. During the war he embodied for millions of men the hope of liberation; single-handed, so to speak, he sought to preserve, and afterwards sustain, the permanence of France, which owes to him the fact of having found once again its high place in the concert of nations.
Mr. Speaker, the departure of Charles de Gaulle calls up everywhere a great surge of memories. A great man has just died. To the French people and Government, I express our profound sympathy.
Subtopic: THE LATE GENERAL DE GAULLE
Sub-subtopic: EXPRESSION OF TRIBUTE AND SYMPATHY