Order, please. May I take just one moment to recall that today, June 10, 1975, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the coming into force, specifically on its own terms, of Chapter 100 of the Statutes of Canada, 1924, being an act to create the United Church of Canada. By its own provisions this came into force on June 10, 1925, that day being, of course, a Sunday.
A number of ministers and, of course members of that church, have sat in this House and today we are distinguished by the presence on a very regular basis of two of its more prominent ministers, the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) and the hon. member for Egmont (Mr. MacDonald). There are also, of course, in the ecumenical spirit for which the United Church is so famous, a Baptist minister in the person of the hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands (Mr. Douglas) and in that same caucus which is distinguished itself by its own ecumenical movement, a Roman Catholic priest in the person of the hon. member for Cape Breton-East Richmond (Mr. Hogan).
I know all hon. members would want me to pay this short tribute to the formation of that very important church in Canada which represents, of course, the interests and union of all Christian faiths in Canada.
Subtopic: FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF FORMATION