Mr. William Scott (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise today on behalf of the Government of Canada to recognize the 30th anniversary of the election of the hon. member for Windsor West to the House of Commons. He is the longest continuous serving member of Parliament.
When I came here as a rookie in 1965, he was already a fixture as the hon. member for Essex West. Only the hon. member for Saint-Denis can claim to have sat in Parliament with the hon. member for Windsor West before then, having been elected in a by-election in 1964.
Over the years we have seen many changes in the House of Commons. Good friends have come and gone and been replaced by new good friends. What has never changed is the dedication of the hon. member for Windsor West to the process that is exemplified by the House of Commons.
Today we find ourselves in the middle of yet another discussion on the future of our country. The hon. member for Windsor West can no doubt recall many instances over the past 30 years when the future of our country was at stake. Each time he rose above the partisanship that existed here to make a valiant defence of the virtues of our country.
The hon. member for Windsor West has worn many hats in the last 30 years. He has been Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of Regional and Economic Expansion, President of the Treasury Board, Opposition House Leader and Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in 1990.
He was a royal pain in the side of our government at that time.
Thirty years of service to the people of Canada as a federal member of Parliament is something to be very proud of. I join with his family and friends and hon. members from all sides of this House in wishing the hon. member for Windsor West a very happy 30th anniversary.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: HON. HERB GRAY THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ELECTION TO HOUSE OF COMMONS