Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors):
Mr. Speaker, it is with both sadness and great sorrow that I learned early this morning of the death last evening of a former Member of this House and Cabinet colleague, the Honourable Richard Bell.
My personal friendship with Dick Bell was firmly established over 40 years ago and continued to grow in strength year after year.
He served with distinction in the Cabinet of the Right Hon. John Diefenbaker as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
As Hon. Members know, Dick Bell was a totally dedicated parliamentarian who served Canada with compassion, honesty, and indeed with a great deal of vigour.
He will be sorely missed as a friend and confidant, and on behalf of the Government of Canada and myself I extend to his wife Ruth and daughter Judith heartfelt condolences.