Mr. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa):
Your Honour, the House leader of the Liberal party has almost turned a point of order into a question of privilege by his comments this morning.
I want to begin, Your Honour, on this auspicious day by congratulating Senator Lapointe on behalf of all my colleagues
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Appointments to Privy Council
here in the House. Although it is well known that the other place is not held in universal esteem by members of my party, Senator Lapointe is, indeed, held in the highest possible regard and we congratulate her upon her appointment today.
Your Honour, 1 want, on this particular occasion, to commend the government for its thoughtful and appropriate action today, of all days, in appointing the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) to the Privy Council, appropriately-as the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) indicated- on the thirty-seventh anniversary of his membership in this most important body in our country. It is a just recognition, Mr. Speaker, of one of the finest Canadians, in my view, and the outstanding parliamentarian of our time.
The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) devoted most of his adult life to the welfare of others, the aged, veterans, the poor and women who have not yet achieved equal status in Canada.
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In addition to this fundamental concern with the problems of certain Canadians who needed a strong defender, the other aspect of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre which has stood out in all his years in Parliament is that he has been pre-eminently a civilized man, a member who, while debating strongly for what he most believes in, never fails to respect the essential human worth of all his opponents. At root, I believe this is what has caused him to learn and master the rules to a degree that excels all comparison in this House.
Stanley Knowles-and he will note that I break a rule in naming him-is neither mean, nor malicious, nor, to use an old word, vainglorious. To the contrary, he demonstrates daily in this House of Commons that the best kind of champion of the people is also the most civilized.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENTS TO PRIVY COUNCIL-TRIBUTES TO SENATOR LAPOINTE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT STANLEY KNOWLES