Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):
Mr. Speaker, if the rumours we are hearing are true, the Thirty-third Parliament will be dissolved in a matter of days. Twenty-seven women out of a total of 282 Members were elected to the House of Commons.
I rise today to pay tribute to three of my colleagues who will be leaving this House shortly. 1 speak of Madam Therese Killens, the Hon. Pat Carney, and Miss Pauline Jewett. All three have played a very important role in leading the women of this country into public life. Their insight and intelligence have helped in the formulation of policy and legislation, and the fair and lucid critique of legislation once formulated. [Translation]
Therese Killens was dedicated to the cause of the disabled and the homeless. She did not make a lot of noise, but we remember her for her effectiveness and for what she accomplished in the area of pensions for women working in the home. [English]
Pauline Jewett will be remembered for her work in both judicial committees and constitutional committees. At a time when women managed to mobilize their forces to entrench the basic right to equality in the Constitution, it was noteworthy that women such as Pauline Jewett provided courage, strength, and inspiration.
Pat Carney, who was at the forefront of one of the most important debates facing the country, should also be lauded for her ability to hold her own and be fair, for her ability to voice her opinion and to be heard, as well as for her ability to listen.
To all of these women I wish good luck in their future endeavours. As a recent arrival in politics, 1 also extend my many thanks.
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO MADAME THERESE KILLENS