July 17, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


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



I should like to add this word. I saw in one of the papers of this city a statement to the effect that on that occasion I was to be made a certain presentation. May I say that I had no knowledge that the presentation there referred to was being considered in relation to myself. I knew of course that some steps had been taken to have certain things done but as to any presentation to myself of the character which was mentioned in that paper I had no knowl-' edge whatever. When I saw the announcement I immediately recognized what I thought was a mischievous intent behind it and I wrote at once to members of the committee and said that I hoped no presentation of the character mentioned would be made to me on that occasion. I expressed the hope they would not feel that I was not fully appreciative of the compliment that was being paid to me and of the recognition which my party was seeking to give the 25th anniversary of my leadership, but that I would feel much happier if that particular feature of the occasion might be omitted.

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