OTTAWA — The conservative mp for ontario Gordon Brown has been found dead in his office on Parliament hill in Ottawa, Wednesday morning.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but it would be dead suddenly. Mr. Brown was a 57-year-old. According to sources within the party, Mr. Brown had played hockey Wednesday morning before going to his office in parliament.
The weekly meeting of the conservative caucus, Wednesday morning, was stopped around 11am. The parties in the House of commons immediately agreed to cancel question period on Wednesday afternoon.
In a message posted on Twitter, the leader of the conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, has deplored the “tragic and sudden loss to those who knew him”.
“Gord was a man of optimism. Our thoughts and prayers are for his wife and his children while they live with this terrible loss.”
The prime minister Justin Trudeau has praised Gordon Brown as a “remarkable man, well and good, engaged positively with our work, but also with the colleagues”.
Elected member of parliament for the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes for the first time in June 2004, “Gord” Brown had held the seat without interruption over the course of four elections over the years. He had previously been defeated in 2000 under the banner of the Alliance conservative reform canadian, in this district, located along the St. Lawrence river between Kingston and Cornwall.
Mr. Brown had been whip of the conservatives after the defeat of the party in October 2015, and until July of this year, after the election of the new chief, Andrew Scheer.
Ex-canadian champion kayak
“That was our whip, so, inevitably, there were relationships to be very intimate with him”, said the conservative mp Gérard Deltell, Wednesday noon. “When it wasn’t going to, or when it was going well, or when we asked for something or asked us something: that was the prefect of discipline. Then, it is sure that it was very close to him, and he was very close to us too.”
Her colleague Sylvie Boucher, who is familiar with Mr. Brown since 2006, is said to be “devastated” by the death of one who had become a friend. “Yesterday, we had dinner together. [The news of his death] was a shock. We realize how fragile life is,” confided she to Wednesday. “It’s a big loss for the conservative family.”
A graduate in political science from Carleton University in 1983, he spent a part of his life to the family business in the sector of restaurants and hotels in Gananoque.
Recognized as a great sportsman, Mr. Brown was an ex-canadian champion kayak; he had participated in the world championships in 1988. His biography indicates that he practiced always kayaking in the summer and played hockey in the winter.
He is survived by his wife, Claudine Courtois, and their two sons.
As soon as the announcement of the news, Wednesday morning, Gerry Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister Trudeau, went to the conservative caucus meeting to convey the condolences of the liberals.
Mr. Brown is the second conservative mp to die suddenly in his office on Parliament hill for the past two years. The mp in alberta, Jim Hillyer, had died suddenly in march 2016, at the age of 41 years.