October 4, 1949 (21st Parliament, 1st Session)


Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. Angus Maclnnis (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation group in the house I wish to concur in what has been said about Mr. Jules Castonguay, who for many years has been our chief electoral officer.
It was my good fortune to know Mr. Jules Castonguay fairly well because of my serving on nearly all the committees of the house on the Dominion Elections Act. I have also known him in connection with the conduct of elections. I am glad to associate this group with what has been said by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, and to add that no one could possibly have been fairer than Mr. Jules Castonguay in all his dealings with the public. I regret that ill health, and perhaps advancing years, have compelled him to relinquish the duties of chief electoral officer, and I wish him many years of good health in which to enjoy his retirement.
Although I have met Mr. Nelson Castonguay in connection with the sittings of com-

mittees of the house, I do not know him quite as well. Since he was subordinate to the chief electoral officer, one did not have the same opportunity to judge of his qualities. But training under his illustrious father should be a good beginning for filling the responsible position to which he is to be appointed, and I wish him long life and much success in that office.

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