Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer:
Honourable senators, I too rise today to pay tribute to our colleague, Senator Ogilvie.
As a parliamentarian, Senator Ogilvie has worked tirelessly to show us all the importance of the research done by Canadian scientists and researchers. He ensured that we would always have a way to learn about new developments and innovation coming from Canadian labs and took great pains to make sure that we could meet with scientists so that we could expand our understanding of Canada’s scientific accomplishments.
This was not limited to any one type of science or research. Senator Ogilvie has promoted many fields, including engineering, genomics, social sciences, math and countless other types of research during his career in the Senate. In each instance, he has left senators more informed and more appreciative about the social and economic benefits of research for all Canadians.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Senator Ogilvie several times during my committee work, especially in his capacity as the Chair of Social Affairs. In fact, I recently had the pleasure of working with Senator Ogilvie when one of my bills, Bill S-210, went to the Social Affairs Committee. Senator Ogilvie presided over the meeting effectively and ensured that discussion about the bill was carried out in a fair and informative manner.
Senator Ogilvie, I thank you for your work as chair. Along with the rest of your work here in the Senate, not only will you be missed in the Senate, but we will also miss your ideas. Senator, I want you to know that whenever you’re on the Hill, you can always use my office to hang your hat. Thank you.