February 2, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday afternoon I crossed the floor of the house to express to the right hon. the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) and the hon. member for St. Antoine-Westmount (Mr. White) my thanks and those of my colleagues for their expressions of sympathy on the loss which we and our party had sustained in the death of a much revered member of this house, the Hon. Charles Marcil. While talking with, my right hon, friend he handed me a communication he had just received from the press gallery informing him that only an hour or two before one of his own supporters Mr. Herbert Wilton, the member for Hamilton West, had passed away. This word was the more startling in that as late as Friday of last week Mr. Wilton had taken part in one of the debates of this house. I rise to express to my right hon. friend and to those who sit about him the sincere sympathy of all hon.
members on this side of the house in the loss they have sustained. Mr. Wilton had been in the house only a short time. He was returned at the last general election and as a consequence had been here for less than a year. His election at the age of sixty-seven years to represent the city of Hamilton must have been in part a recognition of the public services which for several years he had rendered in the civic affairs of that city, first as alderman and subsequently as mayor. It was evidence as well of appreciation on the part of his fellow citizens of his public spirit as disclosed in the many activities with which at one time or another his life was concerned.
Having been for so short a time a member of this house many of us did not have the privilege of more than a passing acquaintance with Mr. Wilton. However we had the opportunity of hearing him speak on several occasions, and I believe the impression he left on all hon. members was that he was a man not only of pleasant personality, but of high purpose and one who had sincerely at heart the interests of his fellow men. He leaves behind a wife and several children. I am sure the sympathy of this house in the fullest measure will go out to all who have been so suddenly and so greatly bereaved. Again may I express to hon. gentlemen opposite the deep sympathy we feel for them in their loss.

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