Debates of the Senate (Hansard)

3rd Session, 37th Parliament,
Volume 141, Issue 23

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker


The Honourable B. Alasdair Graham

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, before I had the privilege to be in this chamber, Senator Graham, Senator Hays and I went to Holland for a Liberal International meeting. Senator Hays and I were very impressed by Senator Graham’s absolute commitment to the cause of liberalism and democracy.

Later, with Senator Graham and his son Jack, Senator Mercer, Senator Smith and Senator Hays, we went to Oxford University, where Senator Graham gave a barn-burning speech to a large group of Liberal Democrats from all over the world. I got teased a lot by my colleagues who said that perhaps he could come and speak in British Columbia and we might win more seats there.

Senator Graham, since I came to this house, I have observed the quiet counsel you give to all of us and the care with which you speak. You, senator, have given a lot to our country and we thank you for this. I want you to know that when you leave this place, you leave a lot of friends, as well as a legacy of quiet advice you have given to many of us. We will miss you, but we will know that you are always available to us. Thank you for all that you have done for our country. You have been a great example to us.