Ottawa

Parting words

After Question Period yesterday, members who will not be seeking reelection were allowed a few moments to say goodbye to the House of Commons. Eleven MPs rose and spoke of service and politicians turned into human beings before our very eyes. This from Bill Siksay.

My predecessor, Svend Robinson, once remarked that the highest duty of a member of Parliament was love. Love should be our daily agenda, a daring, justice-seeking and tender love. Some day, even here, we will find that path where all that we do we do for love.

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