Mr. Speaker, as I approach retirement, I am struck by the gratitude that I have for those who have supported me, those who have challenged me, and those I have had the privilege to serve.
I have had the pleasure of working with the staff of the House of Commons, foreign diplomats, and our public service.
I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the House for their help and support along the way. I thank my staff, both here and at home, some of whom have been with me since I was first elected. I would like to recognize Les Broadfoot, who suggested that I go into politics.
I cannot begin to express my thanks for my wife Judy and our family, who have been by my side throughout this journey.
I will always remain indebted to my constituents for their faith in me over these past 12 years.
It has been a great honour to serve Canada in this wonderful House.