Hon. Leon Balcer (Three Rivers):
Mr. Speaker, I had the honour to be sworn in as a member of the Privy Council at the same time as our friend, George Nowlan, and I remember that at the close of that ceremony he told some of the junior Ministers: "Listen, you young people, do not get excited with your title of honourable. All it means is when you die the Canadian flag will fly at halfmast on the Peace Tower."
Today, the flag is flying at half-mast on the Peace Tower, and I think that this symbolic gesture actually reveals the modesty of our friend, George Nowlan.
If today the flag is at half-mast on the Peace Tower, it not only means that a Privy Councillor has died, but also that Canada as a whole, and Parliament in particular, are mourning the death of a great Canadian, a great-hearted man with a fine sense of humour.
Topic: THE LATE HON. GEORGE C. NOWLAN