September 15, 1949 (21st Parliament, 1st Session)


George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of ihe Opposition):

Mr. Raymond, there will be
wholehearted approval in all parts of this house of the name that has been mentioned in connection with this motion, which I am sure will be supported unanimously. I have not had the extended experience others have had of sitting in this house with Mr. Macdonald, but it happens that I had the privilege of knowing him for many years before I came here. It is a fortunate thing for this house, and for the people of Canada whom this house serves, that a man of his distinction and ability should have occupied already the position of Deputy Speaker with satisfaction to all hon. members.
As has been pointed out by the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent), Mr. Macdonald has had long years of public service in the legal profession, in the military forces and in local public service. He has been a member of this house for many years, and I feel sure there will be no more distinguished part of his service than that which he will
give as Speaker of this house, where, as the one in whose hands lies the authority of the house itself, his judicial qualities and wide experience will guide the discussions in the Commons, which have so much to do with the welfare of everyone in Canada. I wish simply to add my words of hearty approval of this motion, and to express my confidence that Mr. Macdonald will be a worthy successor to the distinguished men who have preceded him. I feel sure I speak for all those sitting with me when I wish him health and happiness in the occupancy of the office to which he will be chosen.

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