“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.”
June 8, 2009