Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I would also like to express my shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
It is difficult to comprehend the death of such a young and vigorous parliamentarian. Gord Brown served his constituents for nearly 14 years and did so ably and energetically. By all accounts, he was a dedicated public servant, decent and committed to improving the lives of those in his home community and across Canada.
Gord represented a beautiful part of our country, one for which I have a personal affinity, and it gave us a point of common interest whenever we met. We had many great discussions over the years about the Blinkbonnie Inn in Gananoque.
Our paths also crossed regularly through his work on parliamentary associations and interparliamentary groups. He served as vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, and on the executive of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU. He was a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association and the Canadian section of ParlAmericas.
On behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals, I offer my sincere condolences to his beloved wife, Claudine. As has been said, she is a member of our Senate family, and I know that all senators and staff will support her in the days and weeks to come. I also offer condolences to Gord’s two sons, Chance and Tristan, and to all of his extended family and friends. I am certain that he will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to have met and known him.