Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roselown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, although the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) said he was speaking for the group with which he is associated, and the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) said he was speaking for the party sitting on the government side, which has an overflow on this side, they really expressed the sentiment of all hon. members, no matter where they may sit in the house.
I have much pleasure in associating the members of the C.C.F. party with the felicitations extended to Field Marshal Smuts. I believe the story of the lives of Smuts and Botha, and some of their associates who were leaders of the Boer forces against the armies of the empire during the Boer war, indicates that they rendered notable service in promoting the welfare of this commonwealth of nations.
Our good wishes go out to Field Marshal Smuts today, particularly in view of the disturbed conditions that prevail in South Africa. The field marshal has taken a much more moderate attitude than some others do toward racial difficulties in that country; and I hope the day is not far distant when the people of South Africa will join with the other members of the commonwealth in banishing for ever the racial discrimination that now mars the good name of the Union of South Africa.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES AND FELICITATIONS ON HIS EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY