Mr. Speaker, today I want to pay homage to a great Canadian who became a Nobel Laureate in 1993 and who will be awarded the Order of Canada today.
Professor Michael Smith resides in Vancouver East and teaches biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. Professor Smith has an outstanding career of academic and humanitarian achievements. He received his Nobel prize for work dating back to 1976 centring on a program he developed for reprogramming genes.
Professor Smith gave the half a million dollars in prize money to many causes. He gave $126,000 to the Société des femmes canadiennes en sciences et technologie; he has pledged the rest of it to schizophrenia research and to assisting people who teach in remote regions of British Columbia.
Professor Michael Smith's generosity and competence know no bounds.
It is people like Professor Michael Smith who make us all proud of being Canadian. It is on behalf of Canadians everywhere that I want to thank and congratulate Professor Smith for his achievements and generosity.