Thank you, colleagues.
Mr. Speaker of the Senate, Mr. Speaker of the House of Commons, Honourable Members, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, distinguished guests, Mr. President of the French Republic, yesterday I had the pleasure of welcoming you to my home province of Alberta.
Today I am very honoured; we are all honoured to be able to welcome you to our Parliament.
Before you acceded to your country’s highest offices, you yourself were a parliamentarian for some 20 years.
So we are very touched by your presence here with us this morning.
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