Mauril BÉLANGER

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BÉLANGER, Mauril Joseph Adrien Jules, P.C.
Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier
The Honourable Mauril Bélanger passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 15, 2016, at the age of 61, after a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Son of the late Yolande (Dufour) Bélanger and the late Maurice Bélanger, he was the beloved husband of Catherine (née Hidasy), stepfather of Barclay Easton (Erika-Kirsten) and loving grandfather of Katalin, Payton and Kaszara. Predeceased by his sister Denise (Gérald Matte), he is remembered by his brothers Raymond (Tracey), Jean-Claude (Darlene Resmer) and Denis (Jeannette Bastien) and their children Alain (Gina), Stéphane, Mathieu (godson), Kelsey and Hunter, his mother-in-law Maria Hidasy, as well as the members of his staff and his many friends and colleagues-not to forget his feline friends Joséphine, Dotcom and Schnitzelle. The Funeral will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, located at 385 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date. First elected in 1995, and re-elected seven times, Mauril proudly served and represented the citizens of Ottawa-Vanier in the House of Commons until his death. As a Member of Parliament, Cabinet member and Member of the Privy Council, he was an ardent defender of linguistic duality and national unity, and an advocate for co-operatives. He strived to strengthen human rights and democracy in Canada and abroad, particularly in Africa, and worked tirelessly for social and cultural diversity to ensure a more fair, inclusive and equitable society for all Canadians. He will be missed.The family is deeply grateful for the warm outpouring of words of support and tributes from across Canada and invites you to support Mauril's legacy by contributing to the Mauril Bélanger Community Fund, c/o The Ottawa Community Foundation (www.cfo-fco.ca), 75 Albert Street, Suite 301, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5E7.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 22, 2016
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