Senator George Mitchell pulled off two masterstrokes during his time here - either one of which seemed impossible to achieve. Firstly he cajoled, humoured, brow-beat, and essentially wore down the political parties to the stage where they were ready to sign a peace deal.
They nearly beat him with their intransigence as we reveal today but he persevered and won through.
Equally astonishingly, for a man at the centre of high octane political negotiations, he left the province with the praise of all sides ringing in his ears. He was recognised as the broker of the peace deal and as a man who had dealt fairly with all parties in the pursuit of a better future for everyone. He is a man to whom this province will remain indebted.