March 21, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Evans


Mr. JOHN EVANS (Rosetown):

Mr. Speaker, we in this part of the house wish to associate ourselves with the sentiments that have been expressed by the right hon. the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) in their tribute on the death of a world hero. In Marshal Foch the world had a hero, not one of the foolhardy kind, but one whose courage was born of faith and of the guidance sought from the One in whose hands the destiny of all nations lies. Being a man of faith, he was also true to duty. He came forth at a time when the allies needed somebody in whom they could place their trust. Marshal Foch was a patriot of the first order, not one that sought glory particularly for himself or even for the French nation, for he had the cause of humanity at heart.
In considering the life of Marshal Foch let Canada to-day, with her two races, learn the lesson of cooperation, as our parent nations did in the time of their anguish when they made common cause in the task of winning the war. The name of Foch will go down in history, not particularly as that of a French patriot but as one who made humanity's cause his own. It is at times like this that the significance of all our actions and the eternal bearing which they have is brought home to us. Perhaps we can do nothing better now than to look back over the years leading up to the war, and in a national way do some real heart-searching and thus strive to find out if we can whether we were, either personally or nationally, in any way responsible for that great struggle which took away so much of the cream of humanity. To-day we mourn the death of a great and a good man.

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