For many years, a tradition of Parliament has been to publicly acknowledge the death of a former Parliamentarian with a few words from all Parties.
In order to make recognition more appropriate and more solemn, the Party House Leaders invited the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians to organize a Memorial Service to recognize all Parliamentarians who have died in the period leading up to their Annual General Meeting. The Government of Canada has agreed to display the flag on the Peace Tower at half-mast on the morning of the Memorial Service.
The 2013 Memorial Service will take place in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill on Monday, June 10, 2013. This year, 23 Former Parliamentarians, all of whom passed away during the previous year, will be remembered by their family, friends and former colleagues. Those being remembered are found here.
CAFP President Léo Duguay (left), the Hon. Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons (centre) and
the Hon. Noël Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate of Canada (right) honour a moment of silence at the 2012 Memorial Service.