January 18, 1966 (27th Parliament, 1st Session)


Guy Favreau (President of the Privy Council)


Hon. Guy Favreau (President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Raymond, it is with pleasure, great pride and deep feelings of friendship that, as a member of this house, I second the motion just put forward by the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson) to have the member for Stormont (Mr. Lamoureux) appointed Speaker and preside over our discussions.

It is always an exciting occasion when representatives of the people from each of the 265 constituencies of our great and beloved country meet, for all practical purposes, to form an active and eager House of Commons.
Of course, it is commonplace to refer to the heavy responsibilities of the Speaker. But it bears repeating over and over again at the beginning of a new parliament, for he is the one who will preside over our discussions and whose difficult and delicate task it will be to rule upon the points of order raised by the various parties. It will be his duty, and not an easy one either, I know, to maintain order in the house and to lay down the required rules.
As mentioned earlier by the Prime Minister, thanks to him we shall be spared in the future such rebuffs as have just been suffered by members of the house when they attempted unsuccessfully to make themselves heard by the Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General but were not yet represented.
I shall say only a few words about the Speaker's qualifications. They are many, but I feel the two main ones are fairness and objectivity. Fairness must not be affected by any contingency, whether it be friendship, ambition or fear. Objectivity must proceed from a sound judgment enlightened by a thorough knowledge of the standing orders of the house.
Mr. Lamoureux possesses those qualifications to a very high degree and that is why I am proud to second once again the motion of the Prime Minister for his nomination as Speaker of this house.

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