News of the death of longtime Liberal M-P Mauril Belanger has triggered a flood of tributes from those of all political stripes.
Belanger, a lifelong advocate for francophone rights in English Canada, has died after a very public battle with A-L-S, or commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used Twitter to announce the M-P’s death yesterday night.
Trudeau says Belanger was “a great friend, tireless M-P and brave fighter,” adding –quote — “the entire Parliamentary family mourns his loss.”
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose called Belanger a friend and a “great parliamentarian,” saying on Twitter that she would miss him.
N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair described Belanger as a “very well-liked and respected colleague,” and sent condolences to the politician’s loved ones.
Belanger was diagnosed with the incurable disease in November 2015 — just weeks after winning re-election in his Ottawa-Vanier riding for the eighth consecutive time since entering federal politics in 1995.
In March, Belanger was made honorary Speaker for a day and sat in the Speaker’s chair for about 20 minutes during member statements and the start of the daily question period, communicating via his tablet computer.
Durham MP Erin O’Toole posted this photo with Belanger after he heard he passed away.
(The Canadian Press)<