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Speech in Senate Chamber: Senator Cools pays tribute to Ronald G. Tremaine, Managing Editor of 'Debates of the Senate', on his retirement.

Hon. Anne C. Cools: Honourable senators, I rise to honour Ronald G. Tremaine, who has recently retired from the Senate. He is a fine gentleman who served the Senate for almost 28 years, in several positions, and rose to the post of Managing Editor of Debates Services. He was well known to senators, and ever responsive to those who called upon him, especially those who were working on their blues.

Honourable senators, life's pilgrimage holds several rites of passage marking the transition from one life state to the other. Retirement is that rite of passage which marks the completion of career, and the commencement of one's later years. Today I express appreciation to Ron Tremaine for his exceptional service to this place, and to us senators, public men and women involved in public service. As the Managing Editor of Debates Services, Ron's field of labour was an art, the art of words, senators' words spoken here in debate in the oral tradition of this house. As editor, he fixed the numerous problems in our speeches. However large, however small, however simple, however complex, he fixed them. He rendered our speeches ready for publication in Hansard, the parliamentary record.

Honourable senators, Ron Tremaine has expended endless hours and countless late nights in the arduous task of editing senators' speeches. Editing demands special talent and a vibrant knowledge of both of our languages in their full plenitude. Editing also demands selflessness. Good editors must not trespass on author's privilege or author's style. Ron Tremaine was one of the best, but the Hansard will never reveal him and will never identify him. His work was a work of silent service. For that silent service, I praise Ron Tremaine here today.

Honourable senators, Mahatma Gandhi said it well. In the 1967 book The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, edited by R.K. Prabhu and U.R. Rao, Gandhi said:

The path of service can hardly be trodden by one who is not prepared to renounce self-interest, and to recognize the conditions of his birth. Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.

Honourable senators, I thank Ron Tremaine for his very faithful service to us, for his love of the language and for many other things. I wish him a happy retirement with his wife Paddy, his two sons, Jerrid and Mark, and his infant grandchildren, Kyla and Jackson, who will soon begin to discover what a nice man he is.

I thank you personally, Ron, for the many exchanges I had with you. Most of all, I thank you for your quiet, patient, gentle and serene manner.


The remainder of this day's Senate Debates are available here.