Mr. Gerald Laniel (Beauharnois-Salaberry):
Mr. Speaker, since I have decided not to run in the event a general election is called and also because the House is adjourning for the summer at the end of this week and on Thursday I shall be travelling with the Minister of Veterans Affairs to Charlottetown, I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all my colleagues in the House.
Mr. Speaker, after twenty-two years in Parliament, I think my decision is certainly justified, but I want everyone to know that it is as hard to leave as it is to enter politics. One becomes very attached to the task of serving the people and to the duties of an elected representative, which include sitting in this Chamber and watching history being made every day. There
are also the friendships that develop between colleagues and transcend differences of opinion, political parties and ideologies.
Mr. Speaker, I too have developed a great fondness for Parliament and this House where, for nine years, I was one of those who sat in the Chair, and where for five of those years I was Deputy Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I personally want to thank you and your predecessors for the consideration you have always shown me.
I want to thank the entire staff of the House with whom I have had an excellent working relationship and whose services were many.
Finally, a special word of thanks to all my colleagues for the spirit of kinship we shared. I want to thank the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Leader of the NDP and their predecessors, and also the Member for Yellowhead.
The best of luck to the new Leader of the Liberal Party and future Prime Minister of Canada.
My best wishes to all, my dear friends, and until we meet again.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic: FAREWELL MESSAGE BY MEMBER FOR BEAUHARNOIS-SALABERRY