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Honourables senateurs et sénatrices,

Je prends la parole aujourd’hui pour rendre hommage à notre collègue qui prend sa retraite, l’honorable Jean-Claude Rivest, sénateur de Stadacona, au Québec, qui a eu une longue et remarquable carrière de service public.

Prior to his appointment by former Prime Minister Brian Mullins, our distinguished colleague also served as a member of the National Assembly in Quebec City from 1979 to 1985. He is an iconic leader to the people of Quebec and his legacy lives on to this day.

As a Senator, Jean-Claude Rivest has played an integral role on the Legal and Constitutionals Affairs committee, including sitting as vice chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages as well as serving on a number of other committees. He has demonstrated his leadership with his insights and contributions to debates, committee work, activities and initiatives over the course of his Senate tenure, which began on March 11, 1993.

On a personal level, it has been a pleasure getting to know you better, particularly in my role as Deputy Leader. You said to me in our first conversation after I assumed my role, that I had your support on any procedural matters where unanimous consent is needed to ask for "leave of the Senate" to adopt motions. The mutually respectful working relationship that we instantly established has been a source of support more than you may realize. 

Often, you could be found at the front lines when my staff contacted your office and would be met with your kindness. We believe the secret to your enduring popularity and iconic status is your humility and graciousness.

Senator Rivest, I take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to serve in the Senate of Canada alongside you.

Honourable colleagues, I hope you will all join me in congratulating the Honourable Jean-Claude Rivest as he begins the next chapter of his life. Thank you for your service to the people of Quebec and Canada over the many years of your public life.

Your presence in this Chamber will be missed.

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