July 7, 1967 (27th Parliament, 2nd Session)


John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I recall when he first came into the House of Commons as a member in 1945, and was re-elected in 1949. I remember his first days as Clerk of the House of Commons. I have recollections of the courtesy and innate modesty that have characterized him throughout, but I recall in particular the occasion in 1950 when as a member of the Canadian parliamentary delegation to the Empire Parliamentary Association meetings I visited Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Raymond knows parliament both as a member and as a most distinguished Clerk. He has shown reverence for this institution, realizing at all times that unless the dignities and proprieties are maintained the institution cannot maintain the greatness of its traditions. The rules were his constant companions. He was guided at all times by the principle that while rules have to be made to maintain the operations of the house, they should not be interpreted in such a way as to curtail the rights of members.
As a student not only of parliament but of the law I am proud and happy to join in the resolution moved by the Acting Prime Minister. We shall hope that in the days ahead Mr. Raymond will enjoy health and happiness and that we will see him back on ceremonial occasions, filling with that dignity that has always been his a position that has added lustre to the parliament he has served.
July 7. 1967

Tributes to Mr. Leon-J. Raymond

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