Mr. Speaker, I rise today with great sorrow in my heart to say goodbye to a good friend, Senator Fred Dickson, who passed away early yesterday morning.
[Member spoke in Scottish Gaelic as follows: ]
Cha bhithidh a leithid ami riamh.
His equal will not be among us again.
Fred was a key negotiator in the offshore agreement between Nova Scotia and the federal Government of Canada in the 1980s, an agreement which led to a huge success for the future of our province.
As a senator, he was dedicated to ensuring that future generations of Canadians could have a health care system that was strong and one they could count on.
His passion was for his family; his wife, Kay; his sons, Colin and Ian; his daughter, Kathryn; and his grandchildren.
Fred, my friend,
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Goodbye my friend. God bless you, Fred.