Right Hon. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):
Madam Speaker, I think this is one occasion on which 1 can truly claim to speak on behalf of all members of the House of Commons when I say to the member of Parliament for Hamilton West (Mr. Alexander) just how very much he will be missed in this assembly, in the work of Parliament and of government. I think it is true to say that no member of Parliament is better liked in this House and that no member of Parliament will be more sorely missed by his colleagues.
The hon. member for Hamilton West served here with distinction for 12 productive years. He became a symbol of Canadian democracy and a spokesman for Canadians in need across this land. He served his constituency with care and sensitivity. He served in cabinet as an outstanding minister of labour. But more importantly to him and to us, he won the respect and affection of all who were associated with the House of Commons.
We all wish him well in the new responsibilities which he has accepted, but this House of Commons will miss Lincoln Alexander and will long remember him as one of the outstanding individuals ever to have served in this Parliament.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES TO HON. LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER