Mr. Speaker, it is with great sadness that we learned of the death, last December 28, of Jean-Robert Roy, who had been the Liberal member for the former riding of Timmins in the House of Commons.
Jean Roy was first elected in 1968 in the riding which was then called Timmins in northern Ontario. He was re-elected in 1972 and in 1974 and served until 1979 when he had to leave politics for health reasons. I know that his constituents would have loved for him to have represented them for much longer.
He went on to serve on the international joint commission for the Great Lakes and as president of the Standards Council of Canada.
Jean Roy was born in Timmins in 1923 and took great pride in his home town, the town where he spent most of his life. Deeply devoted to his family, he was a very special person, gifted with a strong and wonderful personality and with many talents which he put to the service of his fellow citizens.
A successful businessman, he contributed to the economic development of his beloved Timmins. If in the best interests of his community there was a board to serve on or a committee to start up, Jean Roy was always there. His many and significant achievements will serve the people of Timmins for many years to come.
During his 11 years in this Chamber, Jean Roy was never very far from his constituents. He was always ready to serve them with a helping hand and an attentive ear. He will be remembered as an MP who wanted the best for his riding and as a parliamentarian who was not afraid to stand up for causes he believed in.
A man of vision as well as of action, he was inspired by Liberal ideals that secure real opportunity for every citizen in a just and
caring society. As Timmins Mayor Vic Power so aptly put it, Jean Roy believed in Canada for all Canadians.
Jean-Robert Roy was a politician in the most noble sense of the word, someone who committed his life to the service of his fellow citizens. We in northern Ontario have lost a friend, a champion for our region. The Liberal Party of Canada has lost an outstanding member. On this side of the House, we all know of his dedication to our party and to its ideals.
On behalf of the Government of Canada I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his colleagues.
Mr. Roy was a francophone and proud of his heritage. A man with an engaging personality, Jean Roy used his talents to serve his fellow citizens. As the member for Timmins, he was also sensitive to the concerns of those he represented in this House.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, and of all my colleagues in the House, I offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Georgette, his son Jean and his daughter Louise.