Orléans MP was a true friend to trees and Jews
My 10-year friendship with Royal Galipeau began in a unique way. After his first election as a federal Conservative MP, he began a nice tradition of planting a tree in his Orléans riding during National Forest Week. He approached me because he wanted my help to make sure these plantings were a success.
Despite his elected office, we never talked much about politics. Sitting in his Parliament Hill office once though, my curiosity got the better of me. I wondered aloud at the full-size photo of Pierre Trudeau that stood behind his desk.
“I have tremendous respect for him” he answered simply. He admitted to me that many of his fellow Tory caucus members bristled at the picture.
It was the start of my first personal relationship with a member of Parliament, a relationship that some within Tree Canada probably thought was a result of my lobbying. Little did they know. [Read more…]