Liberal MP Mauril Belanger answers a question during question period in the House of Commons in December, 2015. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
House set to honour veteran MPMPs from all parties subsequently unanimously passed a motion to appoint Belanger honorary Speaker for a day, as a way to record their deep appreciation of his "distinguished and faithful service to Parliament and to Canada."
"Receiving such an honour is highly appreciated since this is a dream coming true amidst the health challenges which I am facing.""Receiving such an honour is highly appreciated since this is a dream coming true amidst the health challenges which I am facing," Belanger said in a written response to questions. Just last week, Belanger travelled to Namibia and South Africa as part of delegation from the Canada-Africa parliamentary association, which he co-founded. His chief of staff, Alexandre Mattard-Michaud, said Belanger is determined to continue serving as an MP until he is no longer physically able to do so. How long that will be is impossible to say since some ALS sufferers deteriorate quickly and then plateau for several years. For now though, Mattard-Michaud said Belanger believes he has a duty to continue representing his constituents, which he considers to be an MP's primary responsibility. "Through my daily efforts and the efforts of my personnel, we have provided assistance to more than 10,000 people living in Ottawa-Vanier with cases such as immigration, taxes, citizenship, work, housing, pensions, among other things," Belanger said. "This is what I am most proud of."
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