Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I could cut my remarks very short by saying that I second everything that has been said by the leaders thus far, which I do, but I won’t neglect to give you my short remarks.
I think the twenty-first day of June, the first day of summer, is a fine time for us to be heading back to our respective areas to reinvigorate ourselves. I look forward to doing that myself.
I think it’s important that we bid farewell to certain of our colleagues. Senators Andreychuk, Demers, McIntyre and Neufeld will all be moving on. As Senator Art Eggleton introduced us to the term, they’re graduating from this institution and moving on to other things.
Senator Andreychuk and I worked on a lot of NATO files together over the years, and I certainly appreciated her counsel and friendship throughout that time.
On behalf of the independent Liberal caucus, I would like to thank my two leadership colleagues, Senators Mercer and Downe, for their support. Notwithstanding the fact that we were unable to amend the Parliament of Canada Act so that their role is recognized, they continued to provide great support throughout this Parliament, and I thank them for that.
I would also like to thank the rest of my caucus colleagues and their excellent staff, some of whom are here. Thank you very much, this small but powerful caucus — small but mighty. We’ve been blessed in this caucus with having some very experienced senators. Their experience has helped us greatly in performing the role that we have to play here as the smallest caucus, but a caucus nonetheless.
Of course, I wish to go along with my other colleagues and leaders in thanking Senator Harder, Senator Smith, and Senator Woo for the work that they have done. We together have accomplished many things in this chamber by working together. I look forward to continuing to do that and to work progressively but prudently towards a better Senate in the future, always trying to improve.
I also want to thank all the Senate employees who support us in our work, especially the table officers, the pages, the administrative staff, the members of the Parliamentary Protective Service and the clerks of the committees and parliamentary associations. I am sincerely grateful to you all for your efforts. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do our jobs.
I also want to thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your patient management of our debates, sometimes under difficult circumstances. We do appreciate your wisdom and kindness.
Colleagues, I would like to wish you all a good summer and perhaps a good fall — who knows? I hope we all get the well-deserved rest that we’ve been talking about and have been promised, and that when we come back we’ll be ready to take on the challenges that undoubtedly will be there as we reconvene.
The work that we do here is important, and it’s important that we do it well. Thank you.