Mr. Towers is very well respected in Red Deer, as evidenced by his regular large majorities with every election that he faced. There is no doubt that he had the confidence of a majority of the people in Red Deer. I have been impressed, even in Ottawa, as I wandered the halls talking to my colleagues on both sides of the House with the respect of which they talk about my predecessor. Probably more important than that, when staff members in the Commons, the security guards, even the bus drivers, find out where I am from, they ask and inquire after Mr. Towers and tell me that I have very big shoes to fill. 1 realize that I have big shoes to fill, and I am going to do my best to fill them.
I have also been told that there is only one proper way that I could officially recognize my predecessor, who in addition to providing total commitment to the people of Red Deer, was noted for his poetry. With the indulgence of the House and the Chair and with respect for the poet of Dromore, I would like to offer the following:
There's tough work ahead for Douglas Fee If I'm to serve as well as he Who, with lively verse before me came Into this House of national fame.
Alas no more will this House hear
From Dromore's Bard now in Red Deer
But I am here and though not a bard,
I am prepared to work just as hard.
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