Mr. Speaker, on August 9, Canada lost one of her greatest public servants.
Mr. Jack Stagg's last posting was deputy minister of Veterans Affairs. Throughout his career he had many accomplishments which made Canada a better place to live: the political accord for the establishment of Nunavut, the settling of the Marshall decision and the creation of the Year of the Veteran, just to name a few.
I had the good fortune to travel on several overseas veterans missions with Jack and his wife, Bonnie, where their love and respect for our veterans and their families created memories I will always cherish.
Jack showed us all what dedication to family, service and duty to country was all about and he displayed tremendous courage with his battle with cancer.
On behalf of my colleagues in the House of Commons, I extend my condolences to Jack's family and to the employees of Veterans Affairs on Jack's recent passing.
I want to thank Bonnie, Amary and Wallis for sharing Jack with all of us.
In the words of the solemn act of remembrance we say, “We will remember Jack Stagg”.