Before Question Period yesterday, Bob Rae stood to salute all those who sought office in the last election, with special attention given to his predecessor as Liberal leader.
We all know that trying to represent our constituents is one of the great honours and pleasures of our own lives, but above all we have to reflect on those who fought so hard and who were not returned or who waited for another occasion to be returned. In that spirit, I would like, on this, my first statement as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, to pay particular tribute to my former leader Mr. Michael Ignatieff, the former member for Etobicoke—Lakeshore, who served in this House with great distinction and who served the people of Canada with great ability. I know he will continue to go on to great public service as he did before he came to this place and as he will afterwards.
Both Conservatives and New Democrats stood to applaud this.