May 11, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, as we pause on this occasion to mourn and to pay tribute to one of our members who has gone from us, we cannot help recalling that since we have been members of this house many of our membership have passed away in the midst of their parliamentary careers. All of us will recall these sad occasions; since I first came into the house in 1936 no less than thirty-four members of the House of Commons have passed away, twelve of them since the election of 1940.
I was privileged to know Mr. Eugene Durocher from a close acquaintance with him, meeting him both in the House of Commons and outside. What the Acting Prime Minister has said is only too true. Mr. Durocher was friendly, well-disposed, and a man of good character. I always enjoyed meeting him and passing the time of day with him. I shall miss him, as will members of the house generally. He took the place of a very important man in the public life of this country who sat in the house from 1920 until he died in 1939, the late Hon. Femand Rinfret, who I think the members would also like to recall at this time.
I want to associate myself with the words of the Acting Prime Minister, and to extend to the government our genuine sympathy in the loss of an honoured and most respected and esteemed colleague. At the same time I should like to join with the Acting Prime Minister in suggesting to you, Mr. Speaker, that a message from this house should go to the widow and family who have been bereaved. It is for this reason that I rise, to couple this party, the official opposition, with the words which have been so eloquently and so appropriately uttered by the acting leader of the government.

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