OTTAWA, ON – M.P. Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today in the House of Commons paying tribute to the late Allan J. MacEachen.
“Mr. Speaker, it is my profound honour today to rise and pay tribute to a true giant in Canadian politics.
The hon. Allan J. MacEachen dedicated his life to the quality of citizenship both under the law and with opportunity. He used his peerless parliamentary skills to turn the dreams of a progressive few into a reality to benefit all.
A national health care program, old age security, guaranteed income supplement, and a national labour code are aspects of life in Canada that Allan J. helped to build.
As our Prime Minister said on Sunday, “This Canada existed only in the hopes of Canadians when Allan entered politics in 1953, and by the time he left in ‘96, it was a fact of life”.
Although he shaped this country at the cabinet table, make no mistake that his view of this world was very much shaped back home at the kitchen table.
I am confident he is looking down on us here today in this place, encouraging us all to be better and to do better for all Canadians.“
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Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)