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


Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, the members of this party desire to associate themselves most enthusiastically with the motion before the house paying tribute to the distinguished service which has been rendered to this House of Commons by Mr. Raymond. In his public capacity he has served this House of Commons exceedingly well. It is true that we follow the procedures of Westminster, but our procedures and practices have to be adapted from time to time to meet our particular needs. This requires the genius of understanding and interpretation, and this the Clerk of the House of Commons, Mr. Raymond, has displayed to a remarkable degree. He has discharged his duties in a manner that is a credit to this house. He has maintained the high standard and great traditions of the office he has occupied.
However, I should like to add a further word and that is to speak of his personal contribution to all of us who have had the privilege of sitting in this house. His unfailing kindness, his innate courtesy have made him the friend of every member of this house. This has been particularly true of new members, who felt that they could go to him at any time and get the benefit of his advice and encouragement. I think there is probably no topic that has come before this house in many a day on which there has been such complete unanimity as that of paying tribute to a very fine Clerk of the House of Commons, a very generous and kindly gentleman.

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