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Tribute to the Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, O.C., O.B.C.

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable colleagues, as Senator Woo has stated it already, some of what I have to say will be repetitious, but the accomplishments are so fantastic they are well worth repeating, so you’ll forgive me in that regard.

When most of us arrive here in the Senate, we are relatively unknown to the vast majority of Canadians. We might carry some cachet in our home provinces or in the field of work that we have done, but most of us are not household names. Not so for our colleague Nancy Greene Raine.

An entire generation of Canadians grew up knowing Nancy Greene, the alpine skier and Olympian. She won gold and silver Olympic medals and a record 14 World Cup victories over the course of her skiing career. She was named Canada’s female athlete, not only of a particular year, not of a decade, but of a century, which is absolutely amazing.

Children across the country learned to ski at schools bearing her name, and you will even find some of them, now adults, amongst us here in this chamber or among our staff.

After such a successful career on the tricky snow-covered slopes, it should surprise no one that she quickly found her feet upon arriving here in the Senate.

She has served with distinction for more than nine years. During her time, she has been a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

As is fitting, she has also been a passionate advocate for physical activity and healthy living for Canadians young and old. Because of her efforts, we now celebrate National Health and Fitness Day on the first Saturday in June.

Her newest bill, one that would prohibit marketing food and beverages directly to children, passed this chamber unanimously and is currently being considered in the other place.

Senator, though you will be retiring at the end of this week, I am confident that you will not rest on your medals.

On behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals in this chamber, I wish you the very best for the next chapter in your remarkable life as well as good health and happiness for you and your husband, Al, and your children and grandchildren.

Thank you for your service to Canada.

Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!

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