Hon. Jim Munson:
Honourable senators, I also thank the leadership of Senator Manning in this regard, and the work of Senator Gold as a member of the steering committee in dealing with this report. It has taken a wee bit of time, but every minute does count when it comes to this kind of report.
To echo the sentiments of how well this subject was received in the media from coast to coast to coast, we do want the Government of Canada to listen. We have some unique and innovative ideas of search and rescue, particularly the creation of a pilot project using the private sector with the Coast Guard, which does a good job, the military and, of course, fisheries.
However, I want to say that sometimes we have a tendency to forget who worked here and what they have done in terms of their work here. I want to single out Senator Elizabeth Hubley and Senator Charlie Watt, after many years of work in the Senate, always working on the side of the Senate and always working with other groups and caucuses in making the Senate a better place.
If Senator Hubley is listening in P.E.I. and if Senator Watt is listening in Kuujjuaq, I want them to know that other senators acknowledge your incredible devotion and work with the Fisheries Committee, and your past work in the Senate.