Parliamentarians are paying tribute to Conservative M-P Gord Brown, who died suddenly today at the age of 57. In the House of Commons, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer described Brown as a dedicated family man, who always placed his wife and two sons above all else.
Described as active and fit, Brown played hockey this morning before coming into his Parliament Hill office, where he was found. There was a standing ovation in the Commons when Scheer also commended members of the Parliamentary Protective Service, who found Brown in his office and tried to revive him. Gord Brown, was the member for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. He was first elected in 2004, and won re-election three more times, including most recently in 2015.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on the sudden passing of Gordon Brown:
“Today, I join all Parliamentarians and Canadians to mourn the sudden passing of Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Claudine, his two children, and his friends, colleagues, and the many people he represented in his riding. “Since 2004, Gord proudly served his constituents, drawing on his experience as a town councillor, a businessman, and an active community member and leader. “He always showed a deep appreciation and understanding of what it took to bring people together, including our parliamentary community. He brought warmth and kindness to the House of Commons, and was a good friend to everyone, on all sides of the aisle. “Gord, you will be greatly missed.”
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