Statement by Elizabeth May on the Passing of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

On behalf of the Green Party, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Mauril Bélanger.

Mauril was a dedicated parliamentarian and a dear friend. He was incredibly brave in the face of his terminal diagnosis.

It was an honour to stand in the House earlier this year as he presided as Honourary Speaker, and to vote for his bill to make the national anthem gender neutral. His legacy will live on in our anthem and in the many battles he won for equality throughout his career. Parliament was a better place for his presence.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Catherine and the rest of his family during this difficult time. He will be so missed.