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Statement on the work of the Senate

Debates of the Senate (Hansard)

2nd Session, 41st Parliament,
Volume 149, Issue 159

Hon. Lynn Beyak: Honourable senators, I rise today to say thank you to my honourable colleagues on both sides of the chamber. To the members of the Energy Committee and its chair, Senator Neufeld, thank you for rearranging your schedules, calling exceptional witnesses and meeting to question and debate Bill C-61, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area Act. The marine bills the Senate has passed are of benefit to all Canadians and enjoyed great non-partisan support.

In my 28 months here, I have watched and participated as we did the same work on the Bill C-501, the National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day Act, for which critical review was fair and helpful and led to overwhelming support for the bill in the end.

We have together done the same work on many other bills, and I believe these have been our finest hours.

I am proud to be a Canadian senator, proud of the Senate and proud of my distinguished and honourable colleagues. If the media took the time to report on the commitment, hard work, diversity and dedication of the vast majority of the men and women called to this chamber, intelligent and fair-minded Canadians would be proud of us, too — especially if they knew that the Senate, inclusive of everything, costs less than $5 per taxpayer per year, a documented fact. We are business professionals, sports figures, administrators, nurses, lawyers, teachers, moms and dads, doctors, writers, tourist entrepreneurs, salespeople, insurance and real estate brokers, artists, judges, pilots, engineers, editors and, yes, some politicians, too.

A few weeks ago, I spoke about the Senate in northern and eastern caucus. I was asked by MPs to put my thoughts into an op-ed, and I did so. It was carried in our local papers and went across Canada online. I've had nothing but positive feedback from across the nation. I would urge you to Google the comments under the title "Thoughts on the Canadian Senate."

I thank you again sincerely, dear colleagues, and wish you all a wonderful summer after this session. See you in the next Parliament. Thank you.