Posted by: Jennifer | July 17, 2005

honoring a true politician

Independent MP Chuck Cadman lost his battle with cancer last week. He was 57 years old.

For many, the name Chuck Cadman did not become familiar until a few months ago, when he voted for the Liberal party in one of the most crucial — and the closest — votes to ever be held in the House of Commons. I knew of Cadman before that. I remember him from my time in Vancouver, when he was a grieving father looking for answers to what had happened to his son. I remember seeing his face on the news night after night as he pleaded with the police, the public and the justice system to do what was right. And I remember the first time that he ran for office on the platform that what had be done to his son should never happen again.

Chuck Cadman was a rarity in politics. He was a man who wasn’t interested in fame or popularity or money. He wanted to do what was right for the people. And he did his best right up until his last days. That will always be what people remember him for. That is the legacy that we should all aspire to.

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