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Former parliamentarians honoured at Annual Memorial Service on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, June 10, 2013 — A memorial service celebrating the lives of 24 former parliamentarians took place today in the Senate Chamber. Six former senators and 18 former members of the House of Commons, all of whom passed away since May 2012, were remembered by family, friends and former colleagues during a service organized by the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

“The annual memorial service offers all of us who are either still intimately involved with Parliament, or who have recently retired from public office, a moment to pause and remember those who tirelessly served the Canadian public during their time on Parliament Hill. The service not only celebrates their lives, but also provides a poignant opportunity to thank the parliamentarians’ families for the years their loved one served in Parliament,” stated Léo Duguay, President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

Parliamentary tradition has been to publicly acknowledge the death of former senators and members of the House of Commons with a few words from representatives of all political parties. In 2001, the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians was invited by Party House Leaders to formalize the commemoration of these solemn occasions.

The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) was created in 1987 and is composed of former senators and members of Parliament. An Act of Parliament (Bill C-275) established the Association in 1996.

A list of all those remembered during the service is attached.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr. Jack Silverstone
Executive Director, Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians
(613) 947-1690
www.exparl.ca

IN MEMORIAM

October 19, 2012
The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander
Hamilton West, Ontario; Progressive Conservative.
Years of Service: 11 years, 11 months, 4 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1968, 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of Labour; Critic, Unemployment Insurance Commission; Critic, Employment; Critic, Employment and Immigration; Critic, Public Service; Critic, Housing; Critic, Labour.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence; Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada; Special Joint Committee on Employer-Employee Relations in the Public Service of Canada; and Special Joint Committee on Immigration Policy.

October 21, 2012
The Honourable Harvie Andre
Calgary Centre, Alberta; Progressive Conservative.
Years of Service: 20 years, 11 months, 26 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Minister of Supply and Services; Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion; Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of State (without Portfolio); Minister of State for Science and Technology; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader; Critic, Energy; Critic, Treasury Board; Critic, Youth; Critic, Economic Development; Critic, National Defence; Critic, Privy Council.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates; Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections; Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence; Standing Committee on Procedure and Organization; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills and Standing Orders; and Special Joint Committee on Senate Reform.


February 9, 2013
Mr. Gérard Asselin
Charlevoix, Quebec; Manicouagan, Quebec; Bloc Québécois.
Years of Service: 17 years, 6 months, 7 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Parliamentary service included: Critic, Forestry; Critic, Natural Resources; Associate Critic, Environment; Associate Critic, Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec; Associate Critic, Public Works and Government Services; Associate Critic, Transport; Associate Critic, Natural Resources.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development; Standing Committee on Transport; Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans; Standing Committee on Finance; Standing Committee on Government Operations; Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Government Operations; Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics; Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; and Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations.

January 25, 2013
The Right Honourable Martial Asselin
Charlevoix, Quebec; Stadacona, Quebec; Progressive Conservative.
Years of Service: 28 years, 11 months, 18 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1958, 1965 and 1968.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of Forestry; Minister of State, Canadian International Development Agency; Vice-Chair, Progressive Conservative Party Caucus; Critic, Solicitor General; Critic, National Revenue; Vice-Chair, Select Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence; Standing Committee on External Affairs; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Development; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates; Subcommittee on Regulation and Competitiveness of the Standing Committee on Finance; Standing Joint Committee on Printing; Standing Joint Committee on Regulations and other Statutory Instruments; Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages Policy and Programs; Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada; Special Joint Committee on the National Capital Region; Special Joint Committee on Official Languages; Special Joint Committee on Senate Reform; Special Joint Committee on Employer-Employee Relations in the Public Service of Canada.
Summoned to the Senate in 1972.
Parliamentary service included: Speaker pro tempore of the Senate.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs; Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs; Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce; Committee on Standing Rules and Orders; and Special Committee on Science Policy.

May 29, 2012
Mr. André J. Bernier
Richmond-Wolfe, Quebec; Social Credit.
Years of Service: 9 months, 21 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1962.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce; Standing Committee on External Affairs; and Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections.

November 21, 2012
Mr. Nunzio Discepola
Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Quebec; Liberal.
Years of Service: 10 years, 8 months, 3 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
Parliamentary service included: Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada; Chair, Subcommittee on Tax Equity for Canadian Families with Dependent Children of the Standing Committee on Finance; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Industry; Standing Committee on Finance; Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Subcommittee on Bill C-25, the Regulations Act; Subcommittee on National Security; and Special Joint Committee to amend Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 concerning the Quebec school system.

May 11, 2013
The Honourable Doug Finley
Ontario – South Coast, Ontario; Conservative.
Years of Service: 3 years, 8 months, 15 days.
Summoned to the Senate in 2009.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Standing Committee on National Finance; Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans; Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Standing Committee on Human Rights; and Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

December 17, 2012
Mr. John (Jack) L. Frazer
Saanich-Gulf Islands, British Columbia; Reform.
Years of Service: 3 years, 7 months, 7 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1993.
Parliamentary service included: Associate Critic, National Defence; Associate Critic, Veterans Affairs.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs; Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs; Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct and Special Joint Committee on Canada’s Defence Policy.


May 17, 2013
Mr. Elijah Harper
Churchill, Manitoba; Liberal.
Years of Service: 3 years, 7 months, 7 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1993.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

September 18, 2012
Mr. Jim Jordan
Leeds-Grenville, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 8 years, 6 months, 11 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1988 and 1993.
Parliamentary service included: Associate Critic, Persons with Disabilities; Associate Critic, Literacy; Associate Critic, Post Secondary Education; Chair, Subcommittee on the Consideration of the Objections Filed on the Proposed Electoral Boundaries for Ontario of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Transport; Subcommittee on Fund's Allocation under the Centennial Flame Research Awards Act; Subcommittee on the St. Lawrence Seaway; and three legislative committees during the 34th Parliament.

November 5, 2012
The Honourable Robert Phillip Kaplan
York Centre, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 23 years, 7 months, 23 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1968, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988.
Parliamentary service included: Solicitor General; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare; Critic, Justice; Critic, Energy, Mines and Resources; Critic, Human Rights; Critic, Federal Provincial Relations; Chair, Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Co-Chair, Standing Joint Committee for Regulatory Scrutiny; Co-Chair, Standing Joint Committee on Regulations and other Statutory Instruments.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs; Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Justice and Solicitor General; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence; Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Disabled Persons; Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration; Standing Committee on Management and Members' Services; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates: Standing Committee on Procedure and Organization: Standing Committee on Public Accounts: Standing Committee on Regional Development; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Special Committee on the Review of the CSIS Act and the Security Offences Act; Special Committee to Study the Proposed Companion Resolution to the Meech Lake Accord; Special Joint Committee on the 1987 Constitutional Accord; and 22 legislative committees during the 33rd and 34th Parliaments.

July 17, 2012
Mr. Paul Langlois
Chicoutimi, Quebec; Liberal.
Years of Service: 13 years, 6 months, 13 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1965, 1968, 1972 and 1974.
Parliamentary service included: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works; Chair, Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence; Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works; Standing Committee on External Affairs; Standing Committee on National Defence; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on Crown Corporations; Standing Committee on Fisheries; Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs; Standing Committee on Indian Affairs, Human Rights and Citizenship and Immigration; Standing Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Development; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills and Standing Orders; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Special Committee on Drug Costs and Prices; Standing Joint Committee on the Restaurant of Parliament; and Special Joint Committee on Employer-Employee Relations in the Public Service of Canada.

December 16, 2012
The Honourable Laurier L. LaPierre
Ontario, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 3 years, 5 months, 10 days.
Summoned to the Senate in 2001.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Standing Committee on Human Rights; Standing Committee on National Security and Defence; Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Standing Committee on National Finance; Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Special Committee on Illegal Drugs; and Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages.


August 17, 2012
The Honourable John Lynch-Staunton
Grandville, Quebec; Progressive Conservative, Conservative.
Years of Service: 14 years, 8 months, 27 days.
Summoned to the Senate in 1990.
Parliamentary service included: Acting Conservative Party Leader; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate; Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources; Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Standing Committee on National Security and Defence; Standing Committee of Selection; Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples; Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce; Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs; Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs; Standing Committee on National Finance; Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations; Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages; Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada; Special Joint Committee on the Amendment to Term 17 of the Terms of Union of Newfoundland; Special Joint Committee to amend Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 concerning the Quebec School System; and 2 special legislative committees during the 36th and 37th Parliaments.

June 8, 2012
The Honourable Patrick Morgan Mahoney
Calgary South, Alberta; Liberal.
Years of Service: 4 years, 4 months, 6 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1968.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of State (Without Portfolio); Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills and Standing Orders; Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works; and Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.

January 30, 2013
The Honourable Diane Marleau
Sudbury, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 19 years, 10 months, 23 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of National Health and Welfare; Minister of Amateur Sport; Minister for International Cooperation; Minister responsible for La Francophonie; Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Minister of Public Works; Minister of Supply and Services; Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board; Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party; Associate Critic, Finance; Associate Critic, Government Operations; Associate Critic, Financial Management; Associate Critic, Energy, Mines and Resources.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Finance; Standing Committee on Energy, Mines and Resources; Standing Committee on House Management; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; and 8 legislative committees during the 34th Parliament.

March 29, 2013
Mr. Arthur Phillips
Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Liberal.
Years of Service: 8 months, 29 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1979.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works; and Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.

September 6, 2012
The Honourable Herbert O. Sparrow
Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan; Liberal.
Years of Service: 36 years, 10 months, 27 days.
Summoned to the Senate in 1968.
Parliamentary service included: Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture; Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on National Finance.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples; Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce; Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Standing Committee on Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders; Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; Special Committee on Poverty; Special Committee on Mass Media; and Special Committee on Mass Public Communication in Canada.

October 7, 2011
Mr. Gordon Sullivan
Hamilton Mountain, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 4 years, 4 months, 6 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1968.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works; and Standing Committee on Regional Development.

August 2, 2012
Mr. Jacques Raymond Tremblay
Richelieu-Verchères, Quebec; Liberal.
Years of Service: 1 year, 28 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1967.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Standing Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Development; and Special Joint Committee on Immigration.


March 25, 2012
Mr. David Bennington Weatherhead
Scarborough West, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service: 8 years, 10 months, 22 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1968 and 1980.
Parliamentary service included: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Urban Affairs; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare; Chair, Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration; Chair, Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates; Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs; Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Special Committee on Pension Reform; Special Committee on the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements; and Standing Joint Committee on Regulations and other Statutory Instruments.

February 19, 2013
The Honourable Eugene Whelan
Essex South, Essex, Essex-Windsor, Ontario; Liberal.
Years of Service 25 years, 1 month, 20 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980.
House of Commons service included: Minister of Agriculture; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Forestry; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries; Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Fisheries and Forestry; Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization; Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce; Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs; Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration; Standing Committee on Marine and Fisheries; Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs; Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Standing Committee on Mines, Forests and Waters; Special Committee on Food and Drugs; Standing Joint Committee on the Restaurant of Parliament; Standing Joint Committee on Printing; and Special Joint Committee on Consumer Credit and Cost of Living.
Summoned to the Senate in 1996.
Senate service included: Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

January 9, 2013
The Honourable John Wise
Elgin, Ontario; Progressive Conservative.
Years of Service: 16 years, 22 days.
Elected to the House of Commons in 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980 and 1984.
Parliamentary service included: Minister of Agriculture; Critic, Agriculture; Critic, Dairy Industry: Critic, Supply and Services; Critic, Youth.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration; Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts; and Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works.

January 6, 2013
The Honourable Dalia Wood
Montarville, Quebec; Liberal.
Years of Service: 19 years, 10 months, 8 days.
Summoned to the Senate in 1979.
Parliamentary service included: Chair, Special Legislative Committee in the 33rd Parliament; Co-Chair, Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages.
Committee service included: Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples; Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Science; Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Standing Committee on Transport and Communications; Standing Joint Committee on Printing; Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; Special Joint Committee on Official Languages; and Special Joint Committee to amend Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 concerning the Quebec School System.

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