March 9, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, the sudden passing of the member for Queens is a striking illustration of the truth of that ancient saying, "In the midst of life we are in death." No one who saw Mr. Sinclair in his place in the house on Friday would have thought it at all probable that on Wednesday afternoon we should be mourning his passing. It is, I say, a most striking illustration of the uncertainty of human life.
I did not know Mr. Sinclair at all well personally, but I knew him in the way that one does know members of this chamber. He was a zealous supporter of his party, and deeply concerned in everything that had to do with the prosperity and welfare of the province whence he came. His devotion to the interests of Prince Edward Island might be said to be perhaps his outstanding characteristic.
I believe that when Disraeli passed away, Salisbury said, "Zeal for the greatness of England was the passion of his life"; and if our late confrere might be said to have had a passion, it was zeal for his native province of Prince Edward Island. It manifested itself on all occasions, and he took a very deep concern indeed in everything that had to do with the welfare and prosperity of that province.
I cannot do more than say that we should like to associate ourselves with the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and his party in sympathy for the loss of one who has been very early in life called from its activities, and who leaves behind him a wife and
seven children, thus intensifying, as the Prime Minister has so aptly said, the sympathetic concern that every member must have in his passing. In associating ourselves with the government in the loss of the deceased member, we realize, Mr. Speaker, that you in your own way will convey to the bereaved widow and family an expression of the sympathy which we all feel, and our deep regret that one of our number should have been so suddenly called from our midst.

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