Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
I know that every hon. member of this house, and I am sure every Canadian, welcomes this historic milestone. I think there is one reason why all of us must feel a sense of the historic significance of what is taking place, and that is the fact that it was from the area of the Caribbean that the first reported knowledge of the new world was brought back to Europe. Christopher Columbus discovered what became known as America first of all by a visit to the Caribbean. Therefore today we are seeing the fulfilment of a great historic event, and I know that every one of us here will wish to the new federation success, happiness, prosperity and a great future within the commonwealth of free nations which we all respect.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION