OTTAWA – Member of Parliament Rodger Cuzner made the following statement in the House of Commons today.
Mr. Speaker, as a former junior A hockey coach, and the father of a Quebec major junior league graduate, I can speak first-hand to the “near sanctity” of the team bus. Aspiring young Canadians spend days, weekends, even weeks on what serves as the team’s rroom, lunch room, bedroom, and library. It is their sanctuary.
However, when the bus pulls out of the home rink parking lot parents and billets alike think more in terms of, “I hope the team gets a win and brings back some points.” I know I can never recall thinking, “I hope they all make it back.”
That unspoken confidence in the team bus has been shattered, and the collective heart of a hockey nation has been broken. We mourn together.
We know that the first responders, who inherently and willingly accepted a high degree of danger and risk when they signed on to the job, could never have imagined the horror and tragedy of that night.
The Humboldt Bronco’s website posted, “they woke up that morning with hopes of winning a game, but instead they united a nation.”
I want the family and friends of all involved to know that our country shares their grief, today and always.
For more information:
Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)