June 1, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport)):

Madam Speaker, I too would like to join my colleague from across the floor to pay tribute to Gordon "Chub" Barrett who was the member of Parliament for Lincoln, as was stated, from 1968 to 1972. The boundaries were slightly different at that time from what they are today, but it was still the riding of Lincoln that he served.
Mr. Barrett made a great contribution to Canadians not only in his public life where he served as reeve and warden and then came to Parliament to serve his people of Lincoln here in Ottawa, but he also served the needs of people in his private life.
When he worked at the Thorold Paper Company it was as a safety inspector looking after the safety of his employees. He looked after the safety of Canadians when he served overseas with the infantiy. When he left he still kept a very active role in safety areas within the community.
When he left this House he continued to serve his country and his area on the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority from 1973 to 1980. This was at the time of its heyday in the volume of traffic through the seaway and certainly through the Welland canal at which time the tunnel was built under a road by the canal where Mr. Barrett lived.
He represented the needs of the Welland canal and the Niagara area in the St. Lawrence seaway as a whole and continued to serve his country.
Just as an aside, he also left a mark in Ottawa when he left the seaway. In talking to his secretary, Velma
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Durant, who served with him at the seaway, she told me he left 12 ties behind when he left his office. They are still in the seaway office in Ottawa.
Mr. Barrett will be remembered by those at the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and those people he represented as well.
We offer our condolences to his family who I know will miss him sadly.

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