Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable senators, I had the opportunity to attend an event this past October 4 while travelling with the Agriculture Committee in Montreal.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien sat down for a discussion organized by the Canadian American Business Council. To say it was a pleasure to be there would not do it justice, colleagues.
The discussion touched on many topics, from NAFTA to the Canadian Confederation. It was absolutely clear that these two former leaders have remained friends, and I was reminded of just how important that relationship was in those days and indeed now.
The two leaders reminded us all how NAFTA has been good for both of our countries, and that the Canadian-U.S. relationship is one of the most important in the world. I remain hopeful, as I’m sure we all do, that this relationship will continue to endure and will only improve for the future.
Honourable senators, I would like to congratulate President Clinton on the honorary degree he received from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, which was awarded to him at a special ceremony in Toronto last week.
I would also like to thank Prime Minister Chrétien, as I have in the past, for the opportunity he afforded me and many others in this place to be here in the Senate to advocate on behalf of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.