Tributes – The Late Honourable Douglas Everett

Hon. Larry W. Smith (Leader of the Opposition): I have some of the text, actually, that Senator Day spoke of.

If I could make a comment to our senators here, one of the things I appreciated the most in coming into the Senate was having the ability the meet with senators who had been here for a long time to identify mentors and to identify people who could give me the institutional history of the Senate. So when we have an event like this with the former Honourable Douglas Everett, it is that connection historically, past to present, that gives us a deeper understanding of what the Senate is and what the Senate was. Hopefully we, in our term, can build through being the Senate today and tomorrow.

Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words to support Senator Day in tribute to the Honourable Douglas Everett, a former member of the Senate of Canada who passed away last month. Although he retired almost a quarter of a century ago, I’d like his family and friends to know that the Senate of Canada remembers him here today and thanks him for a lifetime of public service.

Douglas Everett was just 39 when he was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson in November 1966. Although young, he was already quite accomplished when he arrived in the Senate. He had served in the Royal Canadian Navy, trained as a lawyer and founded the Domo Gas chain of service stations in Western Canada.

That’s pretty good. I just want to say, I’m on a roll for speaking French today.

Senator Everett represented the province of Manitoba for over 27 years. When you think of 27 years in the Senate, that is a tremendous success of durability. In football we would say if you lasted more than six years you were an iron man. Participating in the work of both the chamber and the committees, I would like to particularly note that for 14 of those years he was Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, so we see the relation to a former chair, to a present chair and a real former chair, so congratulations to the senator on that. Regardless of the beliefs and positions of its members, there was tremendous cooperation.

Upon taking his retirement from the chamber on January 20, 1994, Senator Everett had the quote, which Senator Day has already given, about the great honour it is to be named to Senate. When you think of it, it is a serious honour, and I’m sure that all of us in here recognize that.

On behalf of all Conservative senators and all of our caucus, if I may make mention, I extend our sincere condolences to the large Everett family and many friends.