Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, today is Navy and Coast Guard Day on the Hill. We honour the efforts of our brave men and women who keep our country safe at sea and beyond.
The Navy League of Canada, and parliamentarians from all sides, organized today’s events as an expression of thanks for the significant sacrifices made by our sailors. Since 1985, The Navy League of Canada has supported a strong and ready navy and Coast Guard to watch over our maritime interests.
The Royal Canadian Navy has a long history of deploying around the world in peacetime and during conflicts to help keep regions secure and to defend allies and partners where needed.
Our Coast Guard provides icebreaking assistance, protects our northern borders and provides highly valuable search-and-rescue efforts in our waters.
As a proud Haligonian, it is always a pleasure to support these efforts here today and, indeed, every day of the year. This morning we honoured eight sailors for their bravery and dedication to keeping Canada safe. Congratulations to them once again.
I would like to thank the Speaker and Senator Day for their support this morning. We hope to see all of you this evening in room 100 of the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, where you can show your support for all the brave men and women whom we honour here today. Thank you, honourable senators, and thank you for your service.