June 3, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)

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Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Marquette) :

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to join with the right bon. leader of the Government, and the hon. official leader of the Opposition in support of the motion which is now before the House. It is, as all motions coming before this House are, more or less formal in character, but nevertheless it properly and correctly expresses the obli-

gations under which the Canadian people rest to their Excellencies the Governor General and the Duchess of Devonshire, not only for the fine manner in which their official duties have been discharged, but for the free and sympathetic way in which they have come in contact with the Canadian people in the various offices which they have had to perform. The interest of their Excellencies in Canada is well known to all. There is scarcely a corner of this Dominion which they have not at some time visited, and the Canadian people will long remember the pleasure of those visits. They have endeavoured at all times to familiarize themselves, not only with the official relationship, but with the actual personal relationship with the people. That interest has always been first, and I venture to say that in the years that are to come it is the personal relationship that will linger longest in our memories. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are leaving us after a full period of official duties, and they carry back to the homeland not only the abiding regard and affection of the Canadian people, but as well our very best wishes for their future happiness.

Topic:   ADDRESS TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM OFFICE.
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