Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, and the Institut France-Canada has decided to present the Samuel de Champlain award to three recipients. One of our colleagues was one of those recipients and was presented with the award last week.
Created in 1997 by the Institut France-Canada, the Canadian section of the Cercle France-Amériques, with support from the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, the Samuel de Champlain award is presented each year to a Canadian and a French citizen who have helped disseminate their respective cultures to French and Canadian publics.
Over the years, our colleague has earned a reputation for being passionate about law, history and culture. His hard work and dedication are plain to see in several of his works, including Le mythe de Napoléon au Canada français and France-Canada-Québec: 400 ans de relations d’exception. More recently, he published Le Canada et la France dans la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, a book he co-authored with Serge Bernier, who was also a recipient of the Samuel de Champlain award this year. The third recipient was Laurent Veyssière, who did a tremendous amount of work in commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Honourable senators, please join me in congratulating Senator Serge Joyal and the two other recipients of the Samuel de Champlain award.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!