June 29, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Robert Joseph Ogle

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bob Ogle (Saskatoon East):

Mr. Speaker, there are rumours that there could be a summer election. If that is true, this will be my last time in the House of Commons, and I would like to say a few words of farewell to you, Mr. Speaker, and to my colleagues. I had fully intended to run in the next election and had been nominated on January 28 in my constituency. However, on February 21 I received a message from the Vatican which indicated that under the new code of Canon Law it is no longer possible for me, as a Catholic priest, to continue in active political life. Because I had made a very firm commitment that I was a priest first, and that I would be a priest before, during, and after my political activities, I resigned my nomination on March 1.
I would like to say that it has been a very good, beneficial, and happy experience for me in this House. I appreciate and thank all Members of the House of Commons who have become my friends. I feel that I have been able to state positions clearly which are important concerning international peace and development. I trust that those particular things will be carried on by my colleagues and, in particular, I hope that the person whom I have nominated to represent my constituency, Rev. Colin Clay, who is an Anglican priest, will continue what I have started and will be able to have the same good experiences which I have had in this House.
To one and all, my sincere thanks. It has been a great experience.

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