Hon. Brooke Claxlon (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, by coincidence the house is privileged today to have among those who sit in the galleries one who represents another great work for humanity, Dr. Paul Ruegger, president of the International Red Cross. I should like again to express the appreciation every Canadian feels for the splendid work done by that great organization, particularly in respect of the 9,552 Canadian prisoners of war, for whose care and custody and welfare the international committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and also, in its capacity of protecting power, the country of Switzerland, were responsible. They won and earned our admiration, our gratitude and our continuing support for what was done on behalf of humanity.
Subtopic: DR. PAUL RUEGGER TRIBUTE TO WORK OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE