Mr. Speaker, in the last eight days we have seen the chilling impact and grief that TV images can have on our children. Today I would like to express a gentler sadness and remember kinder images.
I am referring to the passing of Ernie Coombs, better known to generations of Canadians as Mr. Dressup .
Millions of Canadians grew up with the whimsy, charm and innocent imagination as expressed in the art of Ernie Coombs. His tickle trunk, his drawings, his whacky constructions, his real and imagined companions both inspired and comforted his eager audience.
Kids laughed, they learned and they felt safe and parents knew their children were safe with Ernie on the screen.
The days of Mr. Dressup , Chez Hélène and the Friendly Giant on CBC were a more innocent time, a time before gameboys and playstations, before Howard Stern, before we worried about seeing too much violence on TV, either as entertainment or on the news.
During this terrible time I remember the world of Mr. Dressup and I can smile again.
I thank Mr. Coombs for bringing such magic to our lives.