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

NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I do not wish to multiply words, but as one who has enjoyed Mr. Raymond's friendship for the 22 years since he first entered parliament I wish to express my own appreciation of the tremendous contribution he has made to the House of Commons of Canada. The things that have been said by those who have already spoken have been said with deep sincerity, they have been said on behalf of all of us, and they are all true. Mr. Raymond has been a true friend to all members of the House of Commons. He has exercised his responsibilities with that care, integrity and impartiality that are so necessary to the important office that he has held for the past 18 years.
Not only has he been a friend to us all; not only has he worked diligently; we have known that his feeling for parliament has been like that of his distinguished predecessors. We are happy to associate his name with those of Bourinot and Beauchesne on this historic occasion.
[DOT] (11:30 a.m.)
I happen to remember Mr. Raymond's first speech as a member of the House of Commons. I remember it because I was following him in the debate that day, and I recall the thoughtfulness of his address to us on that occasion. I went to the library this morning to look it up again. My memory of it was correct; it was a thoughtful speech on the problems facing the world and on the various problems facing Canada, economic and social, as well as the need to build a united country on the basis of our two founding races.
Although it was made many years ago, the thoughts contained in this speech are still very timely. There is one paragraph in it which I should like to put on record again at this time. It is to be found at page 70 of Hansard for March 19, 1946, at which time the House of Commons was debating the address in reply to the speech from the throne. As I say, Mr. Raymond had dealt with various problems which were facing the world and facing Canada. He had built up quite a picture of the difficulties which had to be met. Then he said this:
The following statement may appear rather childish, Mr. Speaker, but I am convinced that all our problems can be solved provided we base their consideration on a spirit of mutual trust. However, this sentiment can only be awakened, nurtured and matured provided justice and charity govern the consideration of all these problems.
When Mr. Raymond uttered those words he had no notion, of course, that a few years

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later he would be the Clerk of the House of Commons. But I draw attention to the three characteristics he emphasized, mutual trust, justice and charity. These are the characteristics which have marked his regime as Clerk of the House of Commons and which have helped to make his services to us so helpful and so successful.
I join with others in expressing warm personal greetings to Mr. Raymond. I wish him health and happiness in the years ahead. It is perhaps unfortunate that his position does not enable him to say a few words from the floor of the House of Commons; he is probably glad he cannot. But may I add the wish that in the years of retirement ahead he will have time to write a book and enrich our knowledge of the practices of parliament.

Topic:   TRIBUTES ON RETIREMENT OF MR. LEON-J. RAYMOND AS CLERK
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