Statement from Clark on death of Gord Brown

In this September 2017, file photo, MPP Steve Clark (far left) and MP Gord Brown (second from left) take part in a business opening in Elizabethtown-Kitley. Brown died today at the age of 57 after suffering a heart attack on Parliament Hill. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

The following is a statement on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from local MPP Steve Clark on the death of “his dear friend,” MP Gord Brown. Given the circumstances, an official in Clark’s office says he is not available for interviews. The following is the Queen’s Park transcript of Clark’s announcement this morning:

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): I wish to turn to the member for Leeds–Grenville on a point of order.

Mr. Steve Clark: Thank you, Speaker. Point of order: I would just like to ask for unanimous consent to have a moment of silence for my MP Gord Brown. Gord passed away this morning in Ottawa. He was an amazing MP. Speaker, we dreamed as young men to once serve in this Legislature and in the House of Commons, and we realized that.

I want to express on behalf of the House our deepest sympathies to Gord’s wife, Claudine, and his two sons, Chance and Tristan. We’re going to miss him. I’m going to miss him. Speaker, he was like a brother to me. Eastern Ontario, the province and our country mourn the loss of Gord Brown.

I would appreciate the consent to have a moment of silence.

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): The member from Leeds–Grenville is seeking unanimous consent for a moment of silence to pay respects. Do we agree? Agreed.

I would ask everyone in the House to please rise for a moment of silence in honour of MP Brown.

The House observed a moment’s silence.

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): God rest his soul.

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