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Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP


Canada has lost a great Canadian – Mauril Bélanger

Posted on August 18, 2016 | No Comments

Mauril Belanger Website

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of Mauril Bélanger

“I was incredibly saddened to learn today of the death of my friend and colleague Mauril Bélanger. On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, constituents, and many, many admirers.

“Mauril served the people of Ottawa-Vanier for over 20 years, and was a tireless advocate of francophone rights, national unity, and a fair and just society for all.

“For his efforts, Mauril was given the Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléïade (an order of La Francophonie), named Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, and received the l’Ordre national Grand-Croix ‘Honneur et Mérite’ from Haiti.

“Mauril held many positions in Cabinet over the years, including Deputy House Leader and Government Whip. Despite being very sick towards the end of his life, Mauril continued to serve Canadians with great dignity, courage, and strength.

“A politician universally respected by parliamentarians of all parties, he was named Honourary Speaker of the House of Commons by unanimous consent in December 2015.

“Mauril’s immense contributions to our country will be honoured and remembered. We are all the poorer for his passing.

“Goodbye my friend.”

– The Right Honourable Justin P. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada


Statement by the Hon. Carolyn Bennett on the death of Mauril Bélanger

“Canada has lost a great Canadian.  Mauril Bélanger fought for his constituents, for official language minority communities‎, for our country and for a better world, particularly in La Francophonie.  His courageous fight until his death for a gender-neutral national anthem will be remembered every time we sing ‘in all of us command’.

“When MPs arrived in Ottawa, Mauril acted as the gracious host, not only welcoming us to his hometown, but also to the seat of government for a country that sometimes needed a little reminding that we had to work much harder to make it truly bilingual.

“He and Catherine were wonderful friends and hosts.  During our years in opposition, our caucus never felt more united and positive than in the Bélangers’ beautiful garden and outdoor kitchen – the pizza oven, bubbling corn pot and always excellent wine and conversation.

“We will miss Mauril terribly.  His spirit will remain with me forever as I work every day to improve my French and advocate for a Canada that respects and understands the importance of the French language and culture as well as the First Peoples of this land.”

– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s




Déclaration du premier ministre du Canada au sujet du décès de Mauril Bélanger

« J’ai été terriblement attristé d’apprendre aujourd’hui la mort de mon ami et collègue, Mauril Bélanger. Au nom de tous les Canadiens, Sophie et moi offrons nos plus sincères condoléances à sa famille, ses amis, ses électeurs et ses très nombreux admirateurs.

« Mauril a été au service des gens d’Ottawa-Vanier pendant plus de 20 ans et a défendu inlassablement les droits des francophones, l’unité nationale, en plus de promouvoir une société équitable et juste pour tous.

« Pour ses efforts, Mauril avait été fait Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléïade (ordre de la Francophonie) et Officier de l’Ordre du mérite de la République de Hongrie. Il avait également été décoré de l’Ordre national Grand-Croix ‘Honneur et Mérite’ de Haïti.

« Mauril a occupé de nombreux postes au sein du Cabinet au fil des ans, notamment celui de leader parlementaire adjoint et celui de whip en chef du gouvernement. Même très malade, à la fin de sa vie, Mauril a continué à servir les Canadiens et son pays avec une grande dignité, courage et force.

« Les parlementaires de tous les partis lui vouant un respect universel, il avait été nommé président honoraire de la Chambre des communes, à l’unanimité, au mois de décembre 2015.

« Les immenses contributions de Mauril à notre pays et au reste du monde seront honorées et commémorées. Nous sommes tous appauvris par son décès.

« Au revoir, mon ami. »

– Le très honorable Justin P. Trudeau, premier ministre du Canada


Déclaration du l’hon. Carolyn Bennett au sujet du décès de Mauril Bélanger

« Le Canada a perdu un grand Canadien, un ardent défenseur de ses commettants, de la langue et de la culture francophone, de son pays.  Il s’est dévoué à la lutte pour un monde meilleur, notamment au sein de la Francophonie.

« Il a mené un combat courageux jusqu’à son décès afin d’éliminer la distinction de genre de l’hymne national.  Nous nous  rappellerons chaque fois que nous chantons « in all of us command ».

« Lorsque les députés sont arrivés à Ottawa, Mauril, hôte gracieux, non seulement nous a accueilli dans sa ville natale, mais aussi pour le siège du gouvernement d’un pays qui parfois a eu besoin d’un petit rappelle que nous devrions faire un plus important effort afin de le rendre vraiment bilingue.

« Mauril et Catherine étaient des amis et des hôtes merveilleux.  Au cours de nos années dans l’opposition, notre caucus ne se sentait jamais plus uni et positif que dans le beau jardin des Bélanger et dans leur cuisine extérieure – le four à pizza, le bouillonnant du pot de maïs et toujours accompagné d’excellent vin et de bonnes discussions.

« Il va nous manquer.  Son esprit restera toujours avec moi lorsque je perfectionne mon français à tous les jours et lorsque je travaille pour un Canada qui respecte et comprend l’importance de la langue française, sa culture ainsi que les premiers peuples de cette terre. »

– L’honorable Carolyn Bennett, députée pour Toronto-St. Paul’s


The 2016 York-Eglinton International Street Festival

Posted on August 15, 2016 | No Comments


I am joined by officers of 13 Division Toronto Police Auxiliary, MP Marco Mendicino and Veronica of the York-Eglinton BIA

York-Eglinton ISF use

I am joined by MP Marco Mendicino and members of the York-Eglinton BIA

On August 13th and 14th, Toronto-St. Paul’s was once again home to the York-Eglinton International Street Festival. Over the past 8 years, it has grown into a full weekend festival that attracts local residents and others from throughout the GTA.

Hosted by the York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area, the International Street Festival takes place along Eglinton Avenue West between Marlee Avenue and Dufferin Street.  This year’s Festival featured many musicians, artists, vendors, face painting, great food and lots of family friendly fun!

I find it a pleasure to attend events like the York-Eglinton International Street Festival as it supports the local business and diversity of our community.




144 Days…

Posted on August 9, 2016 | No Comments

August 9th is the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.


This year it is also 144 days until CANADA 150!


Get ready Canada!

#Canada150 /



National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Posted on August 3, 2016 | No Comments

I was joined by my colleagues, the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, to announce the commissioners for the National Inquiry into […]

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2016 King & Queen Showcase

Posted on July 29, 2016 | No Comments

 I headed backstage to see the Kings and Queens assembling their costumes before they performed. I had a great time catching up with former MP and […]

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Heart To Heart 2016 Community Reception

Posted on July 28, 2016 | No Comments

I was glad to attend the Heart to Heart 2016 Community Reception on July 26th at Holy Blossom Temple! Heart to Heart is a program that brings […]

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Remembering tea with Ursula

Posted on July 25, 2016 | No Comments

Myself, Ursula, and her husband, Fred, at Christie Gardens in 2015. Toronto Star July 25, 2016   I often wondered what people meant when they called someone […]

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Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments begin today!

Posted on July 20, 2016 | No Comments

The Government of Canada’s top priority is building an economy that works for Canadian families.  Today, the first payments were made under the new Canada Child […]

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12th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival

Posted on July 11, 2016 | No Comments

Dropped in to see my friends at Dona Luz to watch their delicious ceviche being made! Councillor Joe Mihevc and I braved the rain and showed […]

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LIUNA Local 183 Family Day Celebration

Posted on July 11, 2016 | No Comments

I am joined by MP Julie Dzerowicz, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City Councillors Frances Nunziata and Ana Bailao, and MPP Leona Albanese. Amazing to see so […]

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