Hon. Brooke Claxton (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs):
Mr Speaker, may I say in the first place that I understand the
Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) has already sent a message to Field Marshal Smuts on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.
It so happens that in 1946, during the conference discussing the terms of peace with Italy and the other four satellites of Germany, it fell to my lot to tender a luncheon party to some of the leading figures at the conference. On that occasion the guest honoured by all was Field Marshal Smuts, the only man present who had been prominently associated with the Paris conference which concluded the first great war. The event took place in the room in the Crillon where Field Marshal Smuts had worked with President Wilson to draft the charter of the league of nations.
Subtopic: TRIBUTES AND FELICITATIONS ON HIS EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY