July 1, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to associate this group with the sentiments which have been expressed by the two preceding speakers. Eighty years ago life in this Canada of ours was a fairly simple affair. We were concerned with organizing and putting on a better basis the relations, as the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) mentioned, of the scattered communities of our half of the continent. In that we have succeeded perhaps beyond the hopes of those who were carrying on the work at that time. Today, while we may not have completely and satisfactorily resolved our own
difficulties, we are engaged with the other nations of the world in trying to settle the complex relationships of a very complex world. I think the people of Canada do feel pleased and proud because of the contribution we have been able to make in the past few years, and I believe we all hope we shall not only continue that work, but that we may be able to do better. To me the great thing in our life in Canada is that the people, through and by the institutions handed down to us by those who have gone before, are able to organize and settle their own affairs by mutual compromise and cooperation. We cannot expect people to travel together if differences separate them. I believe it is only when we can resolve those differences and have the same objectives that we can hope to travel along together; and as the years go by my hope is that we may do that in greater and greater measure.
Mr. SOLON E. LOW (Peace River): Mr. Speaker, I feel that I should say just a word in support of the high and nctble sentiments that have been expressed today by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and the other speakers. I am proud of Canada. I am proud of the accomplishments of our great country. I am proud that I was born in Canada. As I look back over my short life as it has been associated with the history of this country I take more and more pride in the fact that this is where my parents settled in order that I might be born a Canadian.
Most of the fine things have been said, I think, but let me just add one hope to the list of hopes for the future. I think I speak for my group when I say I want to see Canada take her full place and full responsibility in a world community of nations. We have much to contribute, not alone of material wealth. Canada is a wealthy country in all ways, but we have not enough, nor could we possibly produce enough, to relieve the world of its great needs at this time. One thing we can do, however, and I hope we shall do. By maintaining our faith in the fundamental truths we can assist in a regeneration of faith throughout the world, that faith which is lagging so greatly in many countries. Furthermore I believe it will be possible for us in Canada to help in a regeneration of the hopes of the various peoples of the world, without which they will not be able to do very much to help themselves. Therein I think lies the greatest possibility for Canada to make a real contribution in future.
I join with the others who have spoken in praying God that we shall be true to the trust that is ours, and that in future we shall continue to be true Canadians.
Dominion Day

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): Mr. Speaker, eighty years ago, the people belonging to the two major races in this country confided in each other and I believe that, at this distance, we can all recognize that it was right, reasonable and proper that they should have done so. This could not be better evidenced than by what happened a few moments ago, when all of us could sing in both languages "O Canada! . . . thy brow is decked with garlands grand".
The Right Honourable the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) recalled that this was due to the fact that this country's arm can bear not only the sword but also the cross. I hope that those eighty years constitute but the beginning of a long history throughout which it will always be possible for Canadians to sing "O Canada! . . . thy brow is decked with garlands grand".
Right Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Veterans Affairs): Mr. Speaker, perhaps the house will forgive me as a humble immigrant to Canada who owes so very much to this great-hearted and generous land if I say just a word or two on this, Canada's eightieth birthday.
Just an hour ago the carillon was ringing its gladsome notes indicating the unity of the two great races of Canada. I have just three things to say, and I shall be very brief. I remember reading about the oar-songs of the old boatmen in Canada, and I recall the words of the Canadian Boat Song:
From the lone shieling of the misty island Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas-
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland, .
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.
Another verse comes to my mind; it was used by Sir George Ross at a banquet in Toronto many years ago of the St. Andrew's Society:
Oh they may love the southland,
And they may cross the sea But this land is my land,
And Canada for me.
And last I leave with the house some words I quoted four or five weeks ago from Sir John Willison:
0 generous land, 0 mighty inspiration
That floods the morning of the world to he;
Thy people are the builders of a nation Lofty, benignant, free.
[Mr. Low.3

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