Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure members of this party would wish to be associated with the Prime Minister's remarks. For a quarter of a century, Mr. Leader was a personal friend of mine. He was born, lived his life and died on the Portage plains of Manitoba, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Canada.
For forty years he was engaged in public life in one form or another, either in the municipal council or here in the House of Commons. During his service here he sought to do two things, among others; first, he tried to secure a better deal for that section of our economy which produces the nation's food; and secondly, in his later years, when suffering from a malady which all too often proves fatal, when he thought he had found in the researches of a medical man in Winnipeg a means by which the prevalence of this disease could in some degree be lessened, he sought to encourage cancer research and to spread the doctrines that improved nutrition might help prevent extension of that malady. His death yesterday is a further indication that this disease still has secrets from medical science. But I am one of those who believe that Mr. Leader's speeches were not made in vain, because in recent years we have learned that improved nutrition has a great deal to do with the prevention of disease and early death.
In the passing of Harry Leader, Manitoba has lost a good citizen and this house has lost a good member. We here are pleased to associate ourselves with the motion of sympathy moved by the Prime Minister.