When I spoke earlier this evening and thanked hon. members for the cooperation they have given me I thought that was the last word. I have been taken entirely by surprise by the kind expressions which have been made this evening by the Acting Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Green), by the leader of the C.C.F. party (Mr. Cold-well), by the leader of the Social Credit party (Mr. Low), by the Minister of Labour (Mr. Gregg) et par le depute de Dorchester (Mr. Tremblay).
The position of Speaker, I know you all realize, is not an easy one. At times it is very trying; at times it is a very difficult position. But it has its compensations; many other times it is a very desirable position to hold, which I hope many of you may hold in the days to come.
Whether or not it is difficult depends entirely on the attitude of the members of the House of Commons. They can make the
position a pleasant and enjoyable one. On the other hand they can make it a very difficult and a very unpleasant one. In this parliament I have been blessed by having members on both sides whose aim has been to abide by the rules of the house, and not to break the rules and do those things which they know they should not do, but which they might possibly get away with. That has not been the spirit of the members of this parliament; and for that reason you have made my task a comparatively easy one.
As I said before, I shall look back on these years with considerable satisfaction and with great joy. Probably more than all, I shall recall the many happy associations which we have had with one another not only in the chamber but on certain occasions outside this chamber. It has been a very happy four years for me, and for that happiness I thank you; and for the kind words you have said this evening I also thank you.
Topic: CO-OPERATION OF MEMBERS TRIBUTES TO MR. SPEAKER