Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to our good friend Senator Charlie Watt on his long-standing and outstanding career here in the Senate of Canada.
He was appointed to this place by the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1984. I should mention that he is the second last appointee of Prime Minister Trudeau left in this place. Senator Cools will be the last.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Senator Watt has been a strong voice for his people here in the Senate. We will miss the stories he tells of his fellow Inuit constituents, from the challenges to the successes. Charlie always understood his role in the Senate, and he has done an outstanding job helping us all to understand what the people of the North face every day.
I recall a phone call I received from Charlie while I was caucus chair a few years ago, and over the conversation I asked Charlie where he was. He was out in the middle of a river, in a boat, talking to me on a satellite phone, working on a project for the people in the North, as usual.
We wish you well for the next chapter of your life, Charlie, helping the Inuit peoples of northern Quebec to succeed in this great place we call Canada. We thank you, Charlie, and shall miss your determined spirit in the Senate Liberal caucus.