Dear pages, to follow parliamentary proceedings from the floor of the House of Commons is an honour bestowed to very few. However, this opportunity was provided to you in this busy year during which another chapter of our country's history was written.
Your time with us is coming to an end, but I am sure you will bring wonderful memories back with you, as one cannot be unaffected by all the rich history, beauty and traditions of our Parliament.
Whether we are pages, clerks or members of Parliament, it is a real privilege to serve our democratic institutions, and you have lived up to the challenge.
There is no doubt that you will leave the House more knowledgeable about our parliamentary way of life, but I hope that you have also gained a sense of pride in our democratic institutions and all the men and women who serve them.
Through one another you have probably learned a great deal about Canada, our Canada, and all its wonderful diversity and promise that pages have come to represent.
May you take what you have learned and combine it with all of your talent, spirit and yes, dedication to help us all to build an even better Canada in the next century.
On behalf of all of my colleagues here, thank you for your excellent work and for the loyalty and professionalism that you have shown in the past year. I and my colleagues offer you our very best wishes for great success in the future.
Thank you for serving us so well.