Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement of the Hon. Irwin Cotler, on the passing of the Hon. Sheila Finestone

“Ariela and I, and our family, were very saddened to learn of Sheila’s passing. She was a most devoted MP – a tireless worker – the welfare of whose constituents was always uppermost in her mind. She knew every ‘cartier’ of this increasingly multi-cultural constituency– she was a natural choice for Secretary of State for multiculturalism and the status of women – and reflected and represented the cases and causes of her constituents in an exemplary manner.  

After her appointment to the Senate in August 1999, she continued her indefatigable work and I was the beneficiary of having a former MP of this riding with whom I could join together in common cause. 

We extend our deepest condolences to her family. May we be inspired by her memory and may that memory serve as a blessing for us all.” 

Irwin Cotler

Mount Royal

June 8, 2009