I was deeply saddened to hear of Mauril Bélanger’s passing. I have had the privilege of meeting Mauril on many occasions, both as a Member of Parliament representing Ottawa-Vanier, and when he was Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Regional Council of Ottawa-Carleton when I served on the Regional Council. I will remember Mauril as a kind, dedicated and passionate man who sought and achieved positive change through his relentless passion for human rights, his strong advocacy for Ontario’s Francophone community, and in the past year, his work with the ALS Society of Canada. I send my condolences to Catherine, his spouse, and to his family, his friends and to all those whose lives he has touched.