OTTAWA — A motion to make Ottawa-area Liberal MP Mauril Belanger an honorary occupant of the Speaker's chair for a day has been greeted by a thunderous standing ovation in the House of Commons. Belanger dropped out of the running for Speaker last week after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Belanger had been experiencing difficulties speaking during the final weeks of the federal election campaign — difficulties that were painfully obvious when he rose in the Commons to ask a question earlier this week. After the motion was read by Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, MPs from all sides of the House rose to their feet and showered Belanger with applause for several minutes.
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