- The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 18 Feb 1963, p. 176-188
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- Dinner in Honour of The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay, D.S.O., V.D., Q.C., LL. D., D.C.L., The Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario, and Mrs. Mackay. Sponsored by The Empire Club of Canada, The Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Canadian Club of Toronto, and The Lawyers Club. Speakers include Lt. Col. Tedman; Mr. Donald Campbell; Lt. Col. B.J. Legge; Major Langley, Dr. Cruickshank, and The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay.
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- DINNER IN HONOUR OF THE HONOURABLE J. KEILLER MACKAY
Dinner in Honour of The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay, D.S.O., V.D., Q.C., LL.D., D.C.L., The Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario, and Mrs. Mackay. Sponsored by The Empire Club of Canada, The Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Canadian Club of Toronto, and The Lawyers Club.
On Monday evening, 18th February, in the Royal York Hotel a festive dinner attended by twelve hundred of Toronto's leading citizens was given in honour of The Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Keiller Mackay. The meeting was presided over by Lieutenant Colonel B. H. M. Tedman, C.D., The President of The Royal Canadian Military Institute.
Other guests at the Head Table were: His Eminence James Cardinal McGuigan; The Hon. Donald Fleming, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Justice; Senator The Hon. M. W. McCutcheon, P.C., Minister of Trade and Commerce, and Mrs. McCutcheon; The Hon. F. M. Cass, Q.C., M.P.P., Attorney General of Ontario, and Mrs. Cass; The Hon. Leslie Frost, Q.C., LL.D., D.C.L, and Mrs. Frost; The Hon. Dana Porter, Chief Justice of Ontario, and Mrs. Porter; Mr. William R. Allen, Q.C., Chairman, Metropolitan Toronto, and Mrs. Allen; Maj. Gen. G. Kitching, C.B.E., D.S.O., C.D., General Officer Commanding, Central Command; Mr. J. R. W. Wilby, C.M.G., Dean of the Consular Corps, Toronto, and Mrs. Wilby; Group Captain J. W. P. Draper, D.F.C., C.D., Senior RCAF Officer, Toronto, and Mrs. Draper; Mr. Sydney Hermant, Past President, The Empire Club of Canada and The Toronto Board of Trade, and Mrs. Hermant; Brigadier J. N. Gordon, D.S.O., C.D., Vice-President, Royal Canadian Military Institute, and Mrs. Gordon. Mrs. B. H. M. Tedman; Dr. W. Harvey Cruickshank, President, The Canadian Club, and Mrs. Cruickshank; Lady Flora McCrea Eaton; Mr. Donald Campbell, Q.C., President, The Lawyers Club, and Mrs. Campbell; Lt. Col. B. J. Legge, E.D., Q.C., Chairman, The Dinner Committee, and Mrs. Legge; Maj. A. J. Langley, C.D., Vice-President, The Empire Club of Canada, and Mrs. Langley; The Hon. Paul Hellyer, P.C., M.P., and Mrs. Hellyer; The Most Reverend W. L. Wright, D.D., Archbishop of Algoma, and Mrs. Wright; His Worship Donald Summerville, Mayor of Toronto, and Mrs. Summerville; Mr. Harry I. Price, Hon. President, Canadian National Exhibition; Commodore J. W. F. Goodchild, C.D., Q.C., Senior Naval Officer, Toronto, and Mrs. Goodchild; Mr. Joseph Sedgwick, Q.C., Treasurer of The Law Society of Upper Canada, and Mrs. Sedgwick; Captain J. F. Lake, Q.C., Vice-President, Royal Canadian Military Institute; Commander Paul McLaughlin, RCNR, Vice-President, Royal Canadian Military Institute, and Mrs. McLaughlin.
Grace was said by His Eminence James Cardinal McGuigan, Archbishop of Toronto.
LT. COL. TEDMAN: As you know, this evening has resulted from the happy association of our four clubs for this dinner. I am now pleased to invite Mr. Donald Campbell to make this presentation. Mr. Campbell is one of Her Majesty's Counsel, learned in the law, a partner in the prominent legal firm of Holmested, Sutton, Hill and Kemp and the distinguished President of The Lawyers ClubMr. D. L. Campbell, Q.C.
MR. CAMPBELL: To those here who realize that The Lawyers Club at its incorporation in 1922 and when Keiller Mackay became a member in 1925 and even today, excludes ladies from membership, it may seem a little odd that the President of The Lawyers Club should be chosen to make a presentation to Mrs. Mackay. Fortunately, however, this restriction upon membership has never prevented either the, President or any other member from appreciating a woman's many virtues. I was therefore very happy to accept the opportunity of making this presentation for those virtues are wonderfully demonstrated here tonight in the person of Katherine Jean Mackay who by her warmth and devotion has brought great lustre to the position of consort to the Lieutenant Governor.
It is therefore with the greatest pleasure that I ask Mrs. Mackay to accept these flowers and with them the respect and affection not only of all present but of the whole Province of Ontario.
LT. COL. TEDMAN: I now take pleasure in introducing another of Her Majesty's Counsel, learned in the law, Lt. Col. B. J. Legge. We are most indebted to him as the Chairman of the Special Dinner Committee, for arranging such a magnificent event for our clubs. Colonel Legge is a member of all our Clubs, a Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, a distinguished Past President of The Empire Club of Canada and a leading officer in the Toronto Garrison. Lt. Col B. J. Legge, ED, Q.C.
LT. COL. LEGGE: My first duty, Mr. Chairman, is to thank you on behalf of all our clubs for the support of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and for making available the services of your vice-presidents and executive officers. We are particularly indebted to you for completely subordinating your presidential and architectural work to this great undertaking and for presiding so delightfully this evening. As Chairman of the Special Dinner Committee, I have received many telegrams of congratulations to His Honour and Mrs. Mackay. I will simply mention that among them was one from The Right Honourable the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. John Diefenbaker. I would like to read one from His Excellency The Governor General of Canada, Major General Georges Vanier, which is
"I am so happy to participate in the wonderful testimonial of admiration and friendship which is being given to The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay a man whom I have known in War and Peace for almost fifty years and for whom I have the deepest affection stop I am tempted to repeat what Arthur Balfour said to a friend after bidding farewell to Walter Page at Waterloo Station in 1918 quote I loved that man unquote Georges P. Vanier" The dream of glory for this formal dinner has been achieved. His Honour's careers as a public figure, as a soldier, as a lawyer and as a judge, are mirrored by the homage of The Empire Club of Canada, The Canadian Club of Toronto, The Lawyers Club and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
I am most privileged, Mr. Chairman, that you should ask me to speak for another select group, the Militia of the Toronto Garrison, which has sincere cause for felicitating His Honour and with us are joined the Reserves of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force. In this Garrison are twenty-seven Headquarters and Units and there are here tonight twenty-seven tables symbolically representing their great Regimental traditions. I offer the respect and the affection of all the Militia to Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay and to Mrs. Mackay.
In one of the Western Provinces, where people make a ritual of informality, there was once a Lieutenant Governor who was untrained in the ways of ceremonial. Shortly after his appointment, while driving to an official function, he relieved the tedium of the journey by confiding in his ADC who returned the confidence by asking His Honour how he really liked being the Lieutenant Governor. The Governor confessed that he enjoyed meeting people at receptions, but said he hated those events where they had military bands because he didn't know how to stand to attention and he always felt so nervous when they played "God Save The Queen." The ADC, forgetting the Crown's immunity from criticism, said, "I would certainly like to help your Honour because watching you fidget embarrasses me to death."
Never has anyone in this Province suffered anxiety for a single second. His Honour has performed his vice-regal functions with an expertise and a polished zest which has never been excelled. He has faithfully attended a thousand and one Militia functions, ceremonies and mess dinners and he has always been to us not only the gallant representative of our Sovereign Lady, but a most accomplished officer who gives to all the military the gentle cordiality of his warm comradeship. In the world of Governors and soldiers Caesar's word is high authority. He once said, "I would rather be the first man here than the second in Rome".
Sir, in your Province of Ontario you are the First Man and you have so peerlessly represented the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty that the Militia offers you this fond salute from its heart.
LT. COL. TEDMAN: Colonel Legge, who organized this dinner wrote me an aide memoire with suggestions for words that I might say. His overyowering words have now left me completely wordless in my capacity to thank him, but, Bruce, your sentiments are echoed by all of us in the Militia, as witnessed by the standing ovation which I am sure was a tribute not only to His Honour but to your eloquence. His Honour will very shortly be addressing us and it is perhaps inadequate-this is not the word that is written in front of me-perhaps even inappropriate that we should ask someone to give an introduction. However, we are doing so and I will now ask Major Arthur Langley, who is the Vice-President of The Empire Club of Canada and a Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, to say a word or two before His Honour's remarks, Major Arthur Langley, CD:
MAJOR LANGLEY: The man whom we honour tonight, could justly, if it were his way, make proud boasts of achievements in so many fields as to stagger the mind.
It is not my task to catalogue his noble record-tribute must await its appointed time, but as a brother Gunner, I am ever conscious of the brilliance of his military record and of his pride of regiment.
And perhaps, in his regiment's motto, we can glimpse a partial key to his peerless record. "UBIQUE QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT"-Wheresoever faith and glory lead!
To you, Sir, faith has always been represented by the twin calls of duty and service, and glory and honour, have justly followed in deserved recognition of unparalleled achievement and devotion to your tasks.
Tonight, in this vast gathering, it is not the rank, not the title, not the appointment we call forth, but the man, our beloved friend and tireless inspiration. We summon him now in the fulness of our hearts to respond to that deep affection in which we so proudly hold him.
THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: May I express most sincerely but with restraint on behalf of my wife and for myself our deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for this truly magnificent Reception. I make this acknowledgment advisedly because being deeply moved by the grandeur of the moment, the flowing tide of stirring memories and rushing waves of sentiment, if I should find myself unable to proceed further it would be well that I had in a rough way discharged my obligation as a guest and perished so to speak with courtesy on my lips and grace in my heart.
Ordinarily the tongue of man is able to express the idea which the intellect conceives, but in the realm of true and deep sentiment it is but a weak interpreter. This limitation has never been more overwhelming than tonight, not so much because of my inability to speak my own language but because the sentiments of my heart are deep and fervent and true, germinating from years of happy association and tonight finding their supreme fruition in a heart filled with magnificent emotion for this expression of your esteem and super-abundant generosity. To be thus honoured is a distinction which I know not well how to receive or in what terms to acknowledge.
Gratefully I recognize the presence of His Eminence, the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto, His Grace the Archbishop Metropolitan of Ontario and the Clergy generally, those ecclesiastical dignitaries whose life and work guarantee integrity of spirit, purity of heart and exaltation of mind, who wear the robe of righteousness like unto a well-fitting garment. The welcome which I have received at St. Michael's Cathedral, St. James Cathedral and many other cathedrals and churches throughout Ontario will ever remain a memory of quiet peace and profound inspiration.
To the Prime Minister of this Province, the Ex-Prime Minister, Mr. Frost, to the Leaders of Opposition, Mr. Wintermeyer and Mr. MacDonald, the Ministry, the Members of the Provincial Parliament and the People of the Province of Ontario of whose great kindness, liberality and good will we have been the recipients in abundant and bountiful measure, we present our grateful thanks. Nor do I forget His Worship the Mayor, past and present, the Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto and the City Fathers for their great courtesy and co-operation during my tenure of office.
To the President of the Royal Canadian Military Institute who tonight presides so acceptably and Members of the Institute I present my deep and abiding sense of obligation. To the Empire, Canadian and Lawyers' Clubs who in unison with the Royal Canadian Military Institute are our genial hosts, I respectfully voice profound and lasting gratitude. When accepting your invitation I did not know that anything as magnificent as this was in contemplation. The extent of the preparations, the vast amount of work necessarily entailed, such kindness and generosity is indeed overpowering.
I salute their Lordships, the Judiciary, the Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Benchers and Bar in the name of one thousand years of enobling history and glorious tradition dedicating the majesty of justice to the service of mankind thereby proclaiming and safeguarding a system under which everyone is assured by indefeasible right and not by favour or sufferance in the enjoyment of his life, his liberty, his property in all its forms, his family relations, his freedom of conscience and of speech.
It was the inspiration of such exalted vision and action which impelled our antecedents through the centuries to enact in statute form those enobling principles set forth in "Magna Charta", "Trial by Jury", "Petition of Right", "Habeas Corpus" and the "Bill of Rights". These are the milestones that point the way along which our people have marched to freedom, progress and prosperity; and in our self-governing Commonwealth, above and over all, subject to constitutional limitations is the Golden Circle of the Crown. What is within the round of that circle? Not only the maintenance of an ancient and revered dynasty, but the hope, the confident hope, of enlarging and expanding freedom and constitutional development for millions of the human race.
Nor should we speak lightly of those traditions. Tradition is the sum of those enduring values which have been kept alive through all mutations. It is tradition which gives continuity, stability and direction to life and reflects the "ceaseless whisper of permanent ideals." Far from stifling growth and progress it is tradition which supplies nutriment and sustenance for their germination. The greatest of all traditions is the tradition of growth and adaptation in harmony with the fundamentals drawn from the lessons of the past. And it seems to me that we should teach the rising generation that there is such tradition, that they should be part of it and receive strength from it and if it lies within their power that they should make it richer and fuller in their day and generation.
I desire to acknowledge with great cordiality the constructive and ready co-operation of the General Officer Commanding Central Command, the Area Commander and General Staff to whom duty and at times support and assistance beyond the call of duty has prescribed the scope of their service.
In deep and lasting tribute I salute the gallant Militia Units of this Garrison, those voluntary and dedicated defenders who in two world wars have borne a large part of the storm and tempest. May the inspiration of their valour and the deathless glory of their arms be forever perpetuated.
To those gentlemen, the Honorary Aides de Camp, all of whom have served gallantly in the steep ascent of war, my constant companions during the last five years, what can I say that is not unworthy. Day or night, Sunday or Monday, holiday or otherwise, they were ever ready, cheerfully and with great efficiency voluntarily to answer the call of duty. The obligation of my wife and myself to them, to their lovely and lovable wives, to the efficient Secretariat and Staff at Queen's Park, all of whom we affectionately call "our Official Family", is in very truth immeasurable.
It is with stirring emotion that I emphasize and re-emphasize the contribution made by my wife who has borne a heavy load without a shadow of complaint. She has been my inspiration and companion through all vicissitudes and along every step of the way. Someone has said with real signify cance, not long ago, "Mackay, don't get too much over inflated by the fact that you are the Lieutenant Governor, all you are in reality is the husband of the Lieutenant Governor's wife." My inspiration and my companion, she has been, and with all always bright, cheerful and radiant as morning roses newly washed with dew.
And finally, may I ask you, please, to be doubly assured that the energy you have expended so liberally and the kindness you have bestowed so lavishly will always be deeply cherished by Kay and by me.
LT. COL. TEDMAN: Ladies and Gentlemen, every one of us is much moved by His Honour's eloquence. I have asked Dr. W. Harvey Cruickshank to undertake the impossible task of expressing your formal appreciation. Dr. Cruickshank is a unique Canadian, having served in the war as a Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, he then turned his attention to the Bell Telephone Company, which he now directs. He also finds time to serve his Church and to act as the 66th President of the Canadian Club of Toronto, an office which he superbly performs and singularly adorns. Dr. W. Harvey Cruickshank.
DR. CRUICKSHANK: You have just heard The Honourable John Keiller Mackay speak. Would that I could match his eloquence in tribute, the eloquence of such an illustrious person who holds true claim in our minds and hearts as an outstanding Canadian.
I can't but I will say that it is a very great privilege and a challenge to follow him, one whose prowess as a speaker has led to ovations across this community, indeed across our land. Consider, Sir, as an example your speech to The Empire Club at its Christmas meeting in 1950, when you talked about Shakespeare. At that time this comment was drawn from a Toronto newspaper and I quote, "To review a speech is unusual, that is reserved for the theatre and music, but to do otherwise with the address of Mr. Justice Mackay is difficult for it had the dramatization of the state, the word music of the symphony and the intellectual impact of both." Another writer once declared that your judgments are noted for clarity and excellence of language and your addresses to the jury regarded as models of lucidity.
But we are gathered here this evening to pay tribute to you, Your Honour, not as a speaker of words alone, but as a total human being and in this context may I hasten to add our concept remains unchanged, in fact it becomes enhanced, for you have accurately been described as a scholar, a jurist, a soldier and, above all, a gentleman. There can be no argument about any of these characteristics, but I feel one adjective is imperative to complete the portrait and I know all in this room will agree when I say that you have ever shown that degree of selflessness which is the mark of a true humanitarian.
The evidence for this description is as lengthy as it is irrefutable. Time does not permit a detailed examination of all this evidence for tonight we are attending a dinner in your honour, Sir, not providing a character reference for an unfortunate in a Court of Law. Permit me to say, however, that the evidence if it were required would come from many witnesses and from all walks of life. It would come from troops who served with you in World War 1, troops who are proud to be part of the notable Mackay group, those three Brigades of Artillery who hounded the enemy during the last days of that epic struggle. It would come from the Doctors and Nurses who watched your own struggle to recuperate from the wounds of battle in Hospitals in England and here in Toronto. It would come from your fellow graduates in Law at Dalhousie University in the Class of 1922 and from Members of the Bar of your native Nova Scotia to which you were called shortly thereafter.
That it was recognized by your associates in Ontario is attested to by the fact that you were Counsel in many cases representing both the Province and the Country, and that you were a member of the Commission which investigated the Kingston Penitentiary riot of 1932. And I am given to understand that your fame as a Lawyer on that occasion prompted one of the inmates to approach you after his release from prison and, as insurance for his future, offered you $500 to defend him the next time he was in trouble. That prisoner, I further understand, was later to become Canada's most wanted criminal, which is perhaps, but one, more indication, Your Honour, that you have always had the respect of the leaders from all segments of our society.
When you became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1935, and presided at your first trial in Windsor, you said, "I hope that I lose neither the faith from which comes courage, nor the patience from which comes clarity." That you did not fail in these objectives is amply attested to, for admiration and respect followed you in what might be called the third phase of your illustrious career.
When you were appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1950, you declared, "As I see my task, it is to be knowledgeable If I can; to be teachable I should, and to be useful I must". Again you accomplished all three objectives as evidenced by this editorial which stated: "His courts are always a model of fairness and he went out of his way to befriend young and novice Lawyers." A fellow Jurist commented, "In his 22 years on the bench, Mr. Justice Mackay displayed those human qualities that are the mark of a great Jurist".
I quote these comments from the past because they reflect the sincere appreciation of you, Your Honour, while still actively engaged in the demanding role of the judiciary.
Outside the courtroom, the feeling you generated among the people of this Province, was if anything, even more pronounced. Your commanding presence graced the committees of those associations which worked for a better Canada, and you were unstinting in your efforts to help create that Canada.
Your valued leadership as President of the Ontario Branch of the Canadian Legion in the 1930's, and your personal attention to many of the problems which beset our veterans at that time is well remembered. You gave the same impact of personality and leadership as co-chairman of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, and it was fitting, therefore, that you should be singled out as recipient of the B'nai B'rith humanitarian award, which acknowledged: "Your distinguished contribution toward the enrichment of Canadian life and your steadfast devotion to all causes that seek human betterment, dignity and security for all people without regard to race or creed."
Is there any wonder then that in 1958, you were appointed the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario. I know I speak for everyone in this room when I say, "None whatsoever." As one of your Peers on the Bench so ably said it: "Keiller Mackay will make one of the finest Lieutenant Governors in our history." These were prophetic words which no one could dispute on this the eve of your departure from that office. So were the words of an editorial in a Toronto newspaper which reviewed your career and summed it up: "With such attainments, His Lordship fits the office of Lieutenant Governor as gracefully as heather adorns a hillside."
You have done that, Your Honour. You and Mrs. Mackay, have brought a new warmth to the office of Lieutenant Governor and we the people of Ontario have been warmed by it. We are grateful that Ontario was able to lure you from your native Province of Nova Scotia 40 years ago, and, of course, I must add that you in turn, were able to lure Mrs. Mackay with all her charm, to stay with us here.
We are grateful, Your Honour, for the role you have played in the administration of justice, for the wisdom of your scholarship, and for the great strength of character and leadership you have given. And our cherished hope is that we will be able to continue to enjoy these attributes for abundant years to come.
LT. COL. TEDMAN: My colleagues in speaking this evening, and our predecessors at many other functions and on many other occasions, in addressing themselves to you, Sir, and your gracious Lady, have uttered words that truly could not flatter in the expression of the extraordinarily deep feeling of the people of this Province for you both. Surely nothing said by any speaker could enhance what you possess now in such rich abundance: A record of devoted and dedicated service to your Country, your Province and to its people that is unparalleled. You have our love and devotion; not only those that are here tonight, but all of those who with pride, recall even a moment spent with you, whether in the elegance of the Vice Regal Suite at Queen's Park, or perhaps in a lonely church hall in some distant part of our Province.
My tongue and skill at speaking are such that I hasten to conceal them in brevity. It is tonight, my delightful privilege to offer you, Honoured Sir, and Mrs. Mackay, a memento from all of us here assembled.
The choice of gift was most difficult; it had at once to be suitable, to bring pleasure, and we hope lasting pleasure; to be admirable to the eye, and to be wanted. Through a combination of the clairvoyance of your senior gentleman Aide-de-Camp, Col. McEachren, and the connivance, or perhaps conspiracy, of the distaff side of your family, we hope we have chosen well. The Oxford Universal Dictionary defines music both as "the Art of the Muse", "the song of birds and the murmur of running water" and then later, in one of those fine-print footnotes, as " a din produced by the knocking together of pots, pans, kettles, etc., for the purpose of annoyance". May you always enjoy the former and speedily obliterate the latter with the turn of a switch.
Your Honour and Mrs. Mackay, with the warmest wishes of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, the Empire Club of Canada, the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Lawyers' Club and of all those old and dear friends and colleagues of yours here gathered, I ask you to accept this modest measure of our esteem. I feel I must explain that it is a high fidelity record player, combined with radio, tape recorder and all those assorted wonders which make music a beauty in our homes today. We all wish it may bring you both great pleasure.
Before I finish I feel it only fitting that a tribute should be paid to His Honour as a distinguished soldier: an officer of the Royal Canadian Regiment of Artillery. With your permission, Sir, we will play a few bars of the Royal Artillery March.
The Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Mackay were piped from the banquet hall to the Toronto Room where they received the guests.