Mr. Speaker, it is with much sadness that I rise in the House today to pay my respects to Colleen Peterson.
Colleen, a treasure of Lakefield, Ontario, had a tremendous career in country music. In 1977 she won a Juno as the most promising female vocalist. She moved to Nashville for more than a decade, writing hundreds of songs for such talents as Anne Murray and Roger Miller.
Returning to Ontario in 1992, she pursued her true love, singing. In 1991 her solo song "No Pain, No Gain" was the number one country song in Canada. She was also an integral part of the group Quartette which won a Canadian country music award.
Her other love was animals. Besides owning numerous horses Colleen helped establish the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society.
Colleen Peterson was a beautiful person and a beautiful singer. To her family and friends I extend our condolences.