May 30, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Last year I made some observations in another place on this historic event, and I think it highly desirable that

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Canada should be represented. Whether three delegates should be sent in view of the present unemployment condition I am not prepared to say; but as to manifesting our interest in an event of such historic concern to all the world as the establishment of parliamentary institution a thousand years ago, I certainly think that perhaps my hon. friend to my right, if he were in the place the Prime Minister suggests, would undoubtedly take care of the matter in the way of giving some permanent -memorial to Iceland, and I should regard it as a privilege and an honour to make a similar proposal.
Last year I acquired an address presented by settlers from Iceland to Sir John A. Macdonald on the occasion of his first visit to Winnipeg. It is written on parchment and is an impressive story of their own struggles against the condition they found in this country and their hopes and aspirations for their future development; and the results attained have been in keeping very largely with the expectations they then expressed.

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