Mr. Lincoln M. Alexander (Hamilton West):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank you for giving me this opportunity of speaking to this first session of the twenty eighth parliament as the representative for Hamilton West. To me this is a privilege and an honour which I shall long remember because it is at this time that I feel a sense of involvement and belonging.
I begin by congratulating you, sir, on your election as Speaker and informing you that there can be no doubt in my mind, after listening to the many plaudits extended to you, that we shall continue to be directed by
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your excellent guidance and leadership. My congratulations are also extended to the Deputy Speaker, whose ability has been recognized. I, as well as many others, particularly those sitting in this house for the first time, have been very impressed with the way you have been discharging your responsibilities, being knowledgeable, impartial and giving evidence of your wit.
My sincerest congratulations are extended to the hon. member for Madawaska-Victoria (Mr. Corbin) and the hon. member for Kam-loops-Cariboo (Mr. Marchand), both of whom, because of their seriousness of thought and ability to communicate, have gained the respect and admiration of this entire house.
I would also like to bring to your attention, sir, that at this moment I am very conscious of a meeting that I had in Toronto some time in 1964 with the right hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker). It was there and then that he, in his wisdom and experience, believed that I should be engaged in politics as a candidate because, as he stated, he had faith and confidence in my ability and believed that I could and would make a contribution toward the ultimate destiny of Canada. For this I am extremely grateful.
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