Mr. J. P. St. Laurent (Temiscouata):
Mr. Speaker, last fall, after the resignation of Mr. Jean-Frangois Pouliot, as member for Temiscouata, upon his elevation to the Senate, I sought election in that constituency as the official standard bearer of the Liberal party.
Since the 26th of September 1955, I have had the honour to represent the constituency of Temiscouata in the parliament of my country. My first words are therefore an expression of deep and sincere gratitude to the electors of Temiscouata for their unequivocal show of confidence in me and for whom, since then, I feel an ever growing esteem because, more than ever, I have occasion to see them at work. In return for this mark of great confidence which they have shown me I promise to serve, as their member, with all the devotion of which I am capable.
Some time ago in this house, the hon. member for Quebec West said something about me. Having neither the ability nor the competence to discuss matters which may properly be classed as garbage, I am constrained, with deepest regret-and I apologize for it to the members of this house-to refrain from any comment regarding the speech of the hon. member.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE