Fin in the House: It has been an honour to serve

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Madam Speaker, it has been an honour to serve. My political career began long before I was first elected.

     In 1995, I swam the 1,400 kilometre length of the Fraser River to draw attention to the issues impacting the health of the watershed. That swim changed my life and started me on a path that led me here.

     In 2002, I was elected to Coquitlam City Council.

    In 2009, thanks to NDP Leader Jack Layton, I was elected a member of Parliament.

     Now, I am returning to the work that brought me here in the first place. The Fraser watershed initiative is a multi-year campaign to heal and protect the entire watershed, one-quarter of British Columbia, bringing together first nations, local governments, NGOs and others.

    While I am excited about getting back to work on the Fraser, I cannot leave this place without saying thanks to my NDP colleagues, friends, staff, volunteers, family, and especially my wife Lynda.

    I thank the MPs from all parties who I have worked with over the years, the guards, the clerks and all the staff on the Hill.

     I also want to thank the people of Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra. It has truly been an honour to serve.