Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be among the dignitaries on hand to say a final goodbye to long-time MP Mauril Belanger who will be laid to rest this morning at a funeral in Ottawa.
Former governor general Michaelle Jean along with current and former cabinet ministers, colleagues, friends and family members, are expected to take part in the ceremony at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa.
Belanger died earlier this month after a battle with amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was diagnosed just after the Liberals won the 2015 federal election.
Belanger continued to go to work at his office on Parliament Hill as his condition deteriorated rapidly. He died on Aug. 15 at the age of 61.
“Your passion, your strength, your perspective, your rigour, your dedication and your wisdom,” Trudeau wrote in a touching tribute last week.
“Your legacy of service and hard work will continue to inspire us and all who follow in this place but we will nonetheless miss you, and your friendship, most dearly.”
The long-time MP from Ottawa-Vanier was first elected to the House of Commons in 1995 and has won every election since.
In January, he became the first MP to use an electronic voice in the House of Commons, re-introducing his private member’s bill to make the lyrics of O Canada more gender neutral. He was brought to Parliament Hill by ambulance to see his bill pass its final hurdle in the Commons in June.