Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, little more than two weeks ago we performed in this House the sad task of paying tribute to a former president of the United States. Now we do so again, this time in memory of President Lyndon Johnson, a contemporary in public life of many hon. members.
Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency from the office of vice-president, as did Harry Truman. And as President Truman had done before him, President Johnson was successful in seeking re-election in his own right. During his term in office, some of America's most progressive social legislation took form in response to his desire to eliminate disparities of all kinds from American life. Abroad, however, the tragedy of Viet Nam became increasingly intractable, and escaped attempts at resolution.
President Johnson visited Canada on three occasions. During one such trip he opened the impressive United States pavilion at Expo '67.
Mr. Johnson was, in many respects, larger than life; a man who mirrored faithfully the colour and character of a vast region in his country, reminding us in Canada of the variety and size of our vigorous neighbour. President Johnson's role both in the United States and the world is too recent to measure with adequate perspective. No one can doubt, however, the intense passion and dedication to his countrymen which he brought to the presidency.
To President Johnson's family and to the people of the United States, I offer sympathy and condolences.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES TO FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES