Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Fraser, no more important task will be undertaken by hon. members throughout the life of this parliament than that which is now before us. The wise choice of a wise Speaker will be reflected in every activity of this institution in the days and weeks-assuming there are weeks-ahead.
The Speaker of the House of Commons is the only one of our number who can claim our attention as of right.
That the nominee for this position can claim as well our respect in his own right is an indication of the high standard with which he discharged his onerous functions in previous parliaments. It also reveals the personal warmth and affection which he has generated as an understanding member of this very human place.
The hon. member for Stormont-Dundas, the Hon. Lucien Lamoureux, has been regarded for several years both by those who have sat before him and those who have observed him from the several galleries, or have met him at the head of our parliamentary delegations abroad as embodying all the necessary qualities of an outstanding Speaker: an encyclopedic knowledge of practise and precedent, a mastery of our official languages, the skills of a parliamentarian and a chairman. Because he embodies as well those other, desirable qualities of a sense of humour, an understanding of human nature, and the dignity so becoming to one in that office, he has long since proved that he is a great Speaker, in the view of many the greatest since Confederation. It is our immense good fortune to serve in a House over which he will preside. [English]
The career of Mr. Lamoureux has been one of service to the public. His association with parliament was a distinguished one even before he became Speaker of the House of Commons. He was first elected in 1962 and has been re-elected in each succeeding election: in 1963, 1965, 1968 and 1972. He was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole in the 26th parliament before serving as Speaker of this chamber in each of the 27th and 28th parliaments. The independence which he properly displays within this House has extended outside as well. In each of 1968 and 1972 Mr. Lamoureux chose to stand for re-election as an independent candidate, a decision that I welcomed and respected.
The proper and effective conduct of the business of this House, especially in a period when the flexibility of the parliamentary system will be tested and, I sincerely hope, demonstrated, will depend on a number of factors. Of them all, the one in which none of us have the slightest doubt is the impartiality and wise experience of the man I am proposing to this House for election as Speaker. [Translation]
I take great pleasure in moving, seconded by the hon. the Leader of the Opposition, that the Hon. Lucien Lamoureux, member for the electoral district of Stormont-Dundas, do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
Subtopic: ELECTION OF SPEAKER
Sub-subtopic: MR. LUCIEN LAMOUREUX, MEMBER FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF STORMONT-DUNDAS