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Irwin Cotler, MP

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Statement on Jean Béliveau’s Passing

Posted on December 3, 2014

I was very saddened – like all Canadians – to learn of the passing of Jean Béliveau.

I first met Jean when I was 11 years old in the company of my father and Dick Irvin, Sr. He was a hero to my father and was a hero for me from that day on. I had the pleasure of joining Jean in two trips to Israel when he was honourary Chair of the Canadian Maccabiah Delegation, of which I was a member.

He was a great leader, an exemplary athlete and human being – a model for all Canadians.

May he rest in peace!

We all always remember him.

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