Mr. Speaker, it was with great sadness that one of the finest political leaders in the country, in Newfoundland and Labrador, decided to resign his position as leader of the provincial New Democrats of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Jack Harris served his party, his constituency and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with great distinction.
He was also a member of Parliament in this House from 1987 to 1988.
Mr. Harris's first thought was always for the people of his riding of Signal Hill--Quidi Vidi.
During all the rough times Newfoundland and Labrador had during the downturn of the fishery and the closure of the mills, the people of Newfoundland had one voice they could go to and that was the voice of Mr. Jack Harris.
On behalf of the federal New Democrats and our leader from Toronto—Danforth, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation to Jack's wife, Ann Martin, and their three children, Amelia, John and Sarah, for sharing Mr. Harris with us and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
We wish Mr. Harris the very best in the future.