Mr. Speaker, it is inspiring to observe grace and dignity in politics, because they are rare commodities.
Anne McGrath, the chief of staff to the late Jack Layton and to subsequent leaders of the official opposition, possesses such rare qualities.
Anne McGrath is tough, insightful and effective. Her determination and strong principles of social justice gave her the authority to be trusted by all sides, her insights and advice, always sought and always respected.
Most of all, if we look around at the young people working on Parliament Hill, so many have learned their trade from her.
Anne McGrath is an excellent role model for all young women on the Hill, regardless of their political stripes.
Her patience, grace and dignity will be greatly missed.
This is Anne McGrath's last day on the Hill. We wish her well in all her future endeavours. We thank Anne on behalf of all New Democrats and the House.