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


Fabien Roy

Social Credit

Mr. Fabien Roy (Beauce):

Mr. Speaker, 1 would like to join the Liberal House Leader and the Leader of the New Democratic Party in offering my sincere congratulations to the two outstanding members who are being appointed to the Privy Council. I would also take this opportunity to pay them particular homage. First, Senator Renaude Lapointe, who has been actively involved in various activities with great distinction. She has always been interested in public life. She was a career journalist and won the coveted journalist award in 1965, which was a great honour. She was appointed to the Senate on November 10, 1971 and became Speaker
on September 12, 1974. Such achievements are evidence that the right hon. Prime Minister and the government made a good choice in recommending her appointment to the Privy
Council. She will become part of a team of 112 other members.
As for our colleague in this House, I obviously have not had the opportunity to get to know him as well as those who have spoken before me, since 1 am new in this House. But I must say, Mr. Speaker, that I have been impressed by his continuous presence in the House and his untiring participation in the business of the House. As the Leader of the New Democratic Party has said, some people choose a career in public life, but the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) has devoted his whole life to public affairs. This is why 1 believe his forthcoming appointment today is a recognition of all the credit due to him after his long parliamentary career.
His appointment is also quite timely, as the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre was first elected to this House exactly 37 years ago today, even though he had what we might call a four-year vacation in 1958. The fact that he has served Parliament for so long is proof positive that he has received the unfailing support of his fellow citizens, and it is a very tangible and outstanding indication that he has learned to represent adequately his constituents who have realized that he promotes their interests. In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the appointees and I know that this will not prevent their discharging their present duties. I asked this morning when the last meeting of the full Privy Council had been held, and nobody on the Hill could remember the date. Anyhow, I wish them a successful career.

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