Right Hon. Joe Clark (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce the appointment of two new Privy Councillors. One is the former Speaker of the other place and the second is a distinguished member of this House. They will be sworn in at Government House today.
I mean the hon. Louise Marguerite Renaude Lapointe and the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles).
Senator Lapointe was called to the Senate eight years ago where she served as President for five years. Originally, Privy Councillors were either ministers or former ministers. The appointment of Senator Lapointe is in keeping with a precedent established in 1891 at which time the Speakers of both Houses were sworn in as members of the Privy Council. [English]
The appointment of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre is a recognition of his singular service to this House. The nation knows his dedication to social democracy and, more particularly, to Canadians who are elderly or alone or in need. But colleagues in the House of Commons know another dedication of the hon. member of Parliament for Winnipeg North Centre, and that is a dedication to the idea and the institution of Parliament. It is not simply that he was first elected here 37 years ago today, or that in his time he has learned a little about the rules: what distinguishes Stanley Knowles is that he has come to personify the best of Parliament and it was for that reason, on behalf of Your Honour, that I have recommended His Excellency the Governor General swear this distinguished parliamentarian to the Privy Council of Canada later this day.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENTS TO PRIVY COUNCIL-TRIBUTES TO SENATOR LAPOINTE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT STANLEY KNOWLES