Mr. Speaker, Canada has lost a friend and dedicated public servant, a man who fought cancer with dignity, tenacity and courage, a long-serving municipal and federal representative with a deep love of community and country.
Nick Discepola served in this House from 1993 to 2004 as the member for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, occupying roles from parliamentary secretary, committee chair and task force leader to chair of the Quebec Liberal caucus.
Nick brought a methodical yet visionary perspective to public life. An MBA from McGill and successful businessman, he knew the importance of economic issues, both as mayor of the city of Kirkland and later as a stalwart member of the House of Commons finance committee.
However, Nick also recognized our need for community. The groups he founded or encouraged, such as the West Island Italian Association, continue to this day to bring people together in friendship and celebration.
On behalf of all members, I extend to Nick's wife, Mary Alice, and his children, Lisa, Laura, Michele and Marco, our deepest condolences. May God be with them.