January 28, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

There are a few rare occasions in this house when the measure of a man can be taken and when tribute can be paid to a person apart altogether from the views which he may hold. I am glad, therefore, this afternoon that the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) has paid tribute to the hon. member for York-Sunbury (Mr. Hanson). We have disagreed sharply in principle and on policy from time to time, but I think the hon. member for York-Sunbury has won the respect of all members of the house regardless of our political opinions and other affiliations.
The Prime Minister has eulogized his faithfulness to duty, which he has performed so well, and I am not going to enter into any details of that description. All I wish to say to the hon. member is this, that we join in wishing him many years of life in which he may look back upon this occasion, which I think must be to him a source of real personal gratification.
The leadership of the opposition is a very important position in o-ur British and Canadian parliamentary institutions. Upon the shoulders of the leader of the opposition there devolves a responsibility which is perhaps exceeded only by that of the Prime Minister himself, and I am quite sure we all feel that the hon. member for York-Sunbury has fulfilled that high office ably and well.
I should like to congratulate the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) upon having been selected to act in the capacity of house leader in the absence of the leader who was chosen at Winnipeg. The hon. member has been here for the same length of time as I have been myself, and during the seven years we have grown to know him, we have grown to like him. Although I disagree sharply with the point of view of the Conservative party, nevertheless I appreciate the fact that to-day the party itself has chosen, to lead it in this house, a young man who has a great deal of charm of manner and who has always shown to all of us a keen sense of fair play. I wish him a long tenure of his office.

Topic:   THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OP MR. HANSON AS LEADER OP THE OPPOSITION AND APPOINTMENT OP MR. GRAYDON CHANGES IN PARTY LEADERSHIP
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