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2017-09-29 11:13 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Deaths and funerals, Parliamentarians, Statements by Members

Décès et funérailles, Déclarations de députés, Parlementaires

Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I rise to pay tribute to my friend Arnold Chan. While I did not know him long enough to sign his passport application, he had a profound impact on my life and on my understanding of this job.

A year and a half ago, he asked me to join him for a walk in the frigid weather. He needed to talk to me in private. He told me that his cancer had returned. He had just told his sons, saying, ""They know what this means."" His eyes were open.

Arnold always made sure that everyone else was okay before himself, that his responsibilities would never be shirked, that nothing and nobody would be forgotten.

He asked me that night to take on his duties of deputy House leader during his treatment, and after a year of believing I was doing him a favour, I learned that it really was the other way around. He had, as he had for so many others, mentored me.

I wish I could thank Arnold for his friendship, his confidence, his mentorship, and his contribution to making this a better place for me and me a better person.

I would like to thank Jean and the boys for sharing this amazing person with us.

Madame la Présidente, c'est le coeur lourd que je prends la parole pour rendre hommage à mon ami Arnold Chan. Même si je ne le connaissais pas depuis assez longtemps pour servir de répondant pour sa demande de passeport, il a eu une incidence profonde sur ma vie et sur la façon dont je conçois notre travail.

Il y a un an et demi, il m'a demandé de sortir marcher avec lui dans le froid. Il voulait me parler en privé. Il m'a annoncé que son cancer était réapparu. Il venait tout juste de l'annoncer à ses fils et il m'a dit: « Ils savent ce que cela signifie. » Il avait les yeux bien ouverts.

Arnold plaçait toujours le bien-être de tout le monde avant le sien. Il ne se défilait jamais devant ses responsabilités. Il veillait toujours à ce que rien ni personne ne soit oublié.

Cette soirée-là, il m'a demandé d'assumer ses tâches à titre de leader adjoint à la Chambre pendant son traitement. Après avoir pensé pendant un an que je lui rendais service, j'ai compris que c'était plutôt l'inverse. Il m'a servi, comme pour beaucoup d'autres, de mentor.

Je voudrais pouvoir remercier Arnold de son amitié, de la confiance qu'il m'a témoignée, de son encadrement et de sa contribution à faire de la Chambre un meilleur endroit pour moi et à faire de moi une meilleure personne.

Je remercie Jean et les garçons d'avoir partagé cette personne exceptionnelle avec nous.

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