Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to a long-serving Member of Parliament and my friend and Member of Parliament, the Honourable Scott Brison.
Scott decided it was time for a change so he could spend more time with his growing family and will not seek re-election.
Former Minister Brison was first elected in 1997, an impressive 22 years ago. Since that first time, he was re-elected seven times for two parties and served under nine leaders, including as cabinet minister for two Prime Ministers.
Scott understands all too well that politics matters. He has served his constituents of Kings-Hants exceptionally well in his tenure as our MP, understanding that the simplest gesture can impact people in large ways.
I understand he will be hosting one last big barbecue in Cheverie this summer. I look forward to seeing him and his family and the hundreds of constituents and guests who attend every year.
Honourable senators, I’d like to thank Scott for his many years of dedicated service to his constituency, to his province and to his country. From my family to his, we wish him well, Max and their children Claire and Rose, and all the best for future success and happiness.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.