Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour Mr. Jake Warren who passed away last Tuesday, and to recognize his long service to Canada.
Known as “Mr. Trade and Commerce”, Mr. Warren was one of Canada's most important public servants of the past four decades.
Mr. Warren served for our nation in World War II and then as a senior official in the public service. In 1964 Mr. Warren was appointed deputy minister of the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce. He went on to serve as high commissioner to Britain, ambassador to the United States and as ambassador to the Tokyo round of the world trade negotiations.
Mr. Warren was instrumental in shaping Canada's most important trading partnership, our trade relations with the United States.
He received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award in 1975 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.
In recognition of his important contributions to Canada, I ask that all members of the House join me in paying tribute to this devoted servant of our beloved nation.