Mr. Speaker, I would like to pay tribute to a very young hero from the riding of Shefford, Mathieu Cusson.
Last Thursday, Her Excellency the Governor General presented Mathieu with the Medal of Bravery for a heroic act he performed on July 5, 2000.
During a fishing trip, Mathieu, his father and a friend were returning to shore with their catch when their canoe was capsized by two large waves. As they fought the waves and the coldness of the water, hypothermia began to set in.
Although weak himself, the young hero managed to swim with his father and friend in tow to a large rock.
He and his father survived their five hour ordeal; sadly, his friend Jared, despite a courageous struggle, did not.
I am proud to draw attention here in the House to the courage of this heroic 13 year old, who has proven that a person's worth is not measured by his age.