Mr. Speaker, the house has listened to some long speeches today, in fact two of them, and I do not propose to speak at any great length tonight and to take up the various points made either by the Prime Minister (Mr. Diefenbaker) or by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Pearson). But I am going to say to the Prime Minister that I want to congratulate him first of all on his restoration to health, which I forgot to do this afternoon, and second, on the good guess he made. Of course, it was so obvious that no one could really miss it.
I must say that I was surprised at the Leader of the Opposition moving an amendment of this description containing the words which the Prime Minister pointed out a few minutes ago. I wonder whether the Leader of the Opposition and the Liberal party have forgotten last June.
Topic: AMENDMENT CALLING FOR RESIGNATION OF GOVERNMENT
I have always thought I was in the right party, and as long as I think so I shall remain in what I consider to be the right party.
I join, too, in wishing him health and strength so that he may carry on in the high office to which he has been called by the party; now, of course, occupying as he does -what shall I say-the third highest position in this House of Commons; first the Speaker, then the Prime Minister and then the leader of Her Majesty's loyal opposition. In that capacity we wish him well, and it is a capacity I hope he will fill in this house for at least some time.
I am not going to express a further opinion on this occasion; but, Mr. Speaker, we wish to join the Prime Minister in what he has said regarding the hon. member for Quebec East and the hon. member for Algoma East. We hope both will find happiness in the days to come.
Topic: LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO OLD, WELCOME TO NEW