Ottawa-Vanier member of Parliament Mauril Bélanger, died August 16 following a short battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. At his memorial service, in the presence of the prime minister and other dignitaries, Cantor Daniel Benlolo recalled Bélanger’s long friendship with the Jewish community. In this piece, former MP Richard Marceau of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs remembers his friend.
I had the honour to serve for nine years in the House of Commons with Mauril Bélanger.
While we sat on opposite sides of the House, it quickly became clear that Mauril was a gentleman, a politician who, while a staunch Liberal, knew how to build relationships across the aisle. That is why he was appointed deputy leader of the Government in the House of Commons and chief government whip in December 2003. Those positions require an ability to work constructively with people whose chief objective is to oppose and replace you. [Read more…]