November 1, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I think it is perhaps appropriate that as leader of the opposition I should join in the assurances that this house extends to the veterans of Korea who are in the diplomatic gallery today. One of the features of our system, in fact what we are fighting to preserve, is the right of free speech
and the right and duty to express ideas from different points of view as to the manner in which our democracies can best advance their course.
It is a particularly happy thing for us to see these gallant men who have themselves offered the highest measure of service so that, here in Canada and in the other free nations from which they come, legislative bodies can meet in freedom to discuss the affairs of state. No men could be higher qualified to sit in an assembly where free men meet to deal with public business. While under our system we cherish the right to differ in regard to the way that things shall be done within our own lands, I am sure that every hon. member agrees that there is complete unity in the expression of our respect to them and our hope that throughout the years ahead they may enjoy the memories of the service they have performed.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS FORCES
Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF VETERANS OF NINETEEN NATIONS
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