Hon. H. A. STEWART (Leeds):
Mr. Speaker, may I first thank the right hon. the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) for his kindly sympathetic and appreciative references to the gentleman whose loss we mourn to-day, one who was a prominent member of the official opposition. The house meets under the shadow of death of one of its members. This has happened so frequently during the present parliament that we are reminded of the saying that there is nothing certain about man's life but this, that he shall lose it.
As has been ably pointed out by the Prime Minister, the late Mr. Edwards by his activities in his home town and constituency was well qualified to be a worthy representative of that constituency in the House of Commons. He became a member in 1925, and since that time has continuously represented South Waterloo. His membership in the house was characterized by regularity of attendance, industry, careful attention to his many duties in the house and to the deliberations of the important committees upon which he served. His zeal for his constituency was outstanding, and the confidence of his electors was expressed as has been indicated here. Although his speeches in the house were not frequent, they showed careful preparation and a knowledge of his subject, and were delivered in a calm and reasoned manner which commanded respect, carried conviction, and made a lasting impression upon his hearers. His relations with his fellow members were cordial, and in a large measure he enjoyed their confidence.
The sympathy which will go out from this house and from the large number of people who knew the Late Mr. Edwards will in a measure help to sustain his mother, his widow and family in their sad bereavement. With the right hon. leader of the official opposition and hon. members supporting him I join in requesting that Your Honour convey to them our expression of deep sympathy.