Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Acting Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, on behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals, I would like to join in paying tribute to our former colleague, the late Trevor Eyton.
Senator Eyton served in this place with distinction for more than 19 years. He had an innate ability to get to the heart of the issue — in asking excellent questions and in carefully weighing everything he heard in this chamber and in committee.
Outside Ottawa, he was involved in countless community organizations: Junior Achievement, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
He was an officer in the Order of Canada, a fitting honour for a career and life lived for the betterment of all Canadians.
Though he identified as a Conservative senator and donor, he had friends all around — so much so that he was also a member of the Liberal Party of Canada’s Laurier Club and attended its events on a number of occasions. He was the original non-partisan in this place.
As a Nova Scotian, I must also mention that he had a connection with my home province in that he served as chancellor of one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, King’s College in Halifax, from 1996 to 2001.
Honourable senators, Trevor Eyton was a success in law and in business, and left a strong legacy here in the Senate.
I would like to express condolences on behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals to his children — Debbie, Susie, Adam, Christopher and Sarah — his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and to all his loved ones and friends. Thank you.