Statement in honour of Debbie McGee’s retirement / Déclaration à l’occasion du départ à la retraite de Debbie McGee

February 2, 2017

 

Colleagues I rise today to salute, Debbie McGee - a member of the senate family who has been working on Parliament Hill since 1974.

During the days before computers and emails, Debbie McGee, joined the staff at Parliament Hill working for Member of Parliament Joe Clark. She continued working for Mr. Clark when he became Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Official Opposition Leader in 1976, and then went with Mr. Clark to the Prime Minister’s office.

 

In 1979, when her daughter Jennifer was born, Debbie, joined the Senate working for the Honourable Nathan Nurgitz, Senator for Manitoba, and then also supported Senator Staff Barootes of Saskatchewan. During those days - senators often shared staff, and Debbie was responsible for both offices.

 

Following their retirement, Debbie worked briefly for Senator Andreychuk and then took a job with Senator Bill Doody of Newfoundland. Following Senator Doody’s passing, Senator Nancy Ruth hired Debbie to support her.

Ceux qui connaissent Debbie savent qu’elle est une Irlandaise fière et passionnée, connue pour son franc parler. Elle dit que ça lui vient de sa mère et je la crois! Ce sont ces qualités, appuyées par sa persévérance, qui l’ont guidée dans ses projets, par exemple lorsqu’elle et d’autres mères ayant de jeunes enfants ont réclamé une garderie sur la Colline du Parlement, ou encore lorsqu’elle a revendiqué pour les employés des avantages et une indemnisation équitables et la sécurité d’emploi. Faisant confiance à son flair irlandais, elle s’est toujours montrée économe avec l’argent des contribuables, ce dont elle est très fière.


Debbie has been a valuable resource to many senators and many senate staff. And she has been a mentor and friend to many in the Senate.

 

As she heads off into retirement after 43 years on Parliament Hill, it is my pleasure to thank Debbie McGee for her service to numerous Senators and their Staff, the Senate of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, and yes, Canadians.

 

Debbie, we wish you well as you being a new chapter and hope that you can cherish the time ahead with your husband Gilles and your daughters Jennifer, Anne and Lisa and most especially, enjoy the time with your grandchildren.

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