November 30, 1979 (31st Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Cape Breton Highiands-Canso):

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order, I should like to express, on behalf of the Official Opposition, our congratulations to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) and to Madame Renaude Lapointe for their being called to the Privy Council. People make it in different ways, and probably it is nice to make it in the way that these two persons have made it, without that undignified scramble which sometimes accompanies appointments to the Privy Council.
I do not know, Your Honour, whether the action taken by the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) has been influenced by the fact that both the two proposed Privy Councillors accompanied yourself and myself on a trip to China. In any event, on that occasion we got to know both of them even better and grew to admire their interest in all new aspects that we discovered in China. Indeed, we were greatly impressed with the athletic ability of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre as he ascended to the Great Wall of China. Of course, he was helped, as usual, by those Liberals who were on the visit with him!
I want to say, Mr. Speaker, that I served with the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre when we were both in opposition-as we are now-when I was a member of the government and he was in opposition, and when we were both supporters of the same government.

Topic:   THE PARLIAMENT OF CANADA
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENTS TO PRIVY COUNCIL-TRIBUTES TO SENATOR LAPOINTE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT STANLEY KNOWLES
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