May 15, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. L. BORDEN (Prime Minister) :

Before the Orders of the Day are
called, it is my painful duty to announce to the members of the House the death of the Hon. Frederick Debartzch Monk, who for many years was a member of this House and who was also a member of the present Administration. I met Mr. Monk for the first time in 1896, when we came here as members of the Parliament elected in that year, and from that time up to the present I have, as hon. members know, been associated very closely with him in public affairs and have also during that time had the very great privilege of enjoying hi3 personal friendship. I am happy to say that although sometimes there was a marked difference of opinion between us with regard to public questions and although that difference did result in his retirement from the Government more than a year ago, these differences never interfered in the slightest degree with the full friendship which always existed between us. Mr. Monk was a man of very distinguished qualities. He was an eminent constitutional lawyer, a great parliamentarian, a man of high ability and a commanding figure in Parliament and in public affairs. His character and his temperament in some respects were not suited to public life, for the reason that he was a man of singularly sensitive disposition, much more sensitive than, perhaps, those who did not know him inti-

mately may have realized. His course throughout his public career was marked by a high sense of duty and a desire to discharge to the utmost of his ability what he conceived to be his duty to the people of this country. His death leaves a great blank in the public life of Canada and no one mourns it more than I do. For many weeks and even months past it has been known that he was not likely to recover from the illness which confined him to his house. I am sure that, in common with all the members of this House and with all the people of this country who knew him, I can assure those of his family who survive him that they have in this loss the most profound sympathy of the Parliament of Canada and of the people of this country.

Topic:   DEATH OF HON. F. D. MONK.
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