Castledowns Public Library Terminal #IV, Edmonton, Alberta
December XIXth, MMXIV
Hon. Gordon Dirks, B. Ed., M. Ed., MLA
Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Calgary-Elbow
Proving that even Members Of Parliament are human, Hoang Mai, MP talks to the Commons chamber about a good friend who has just killed himself & this friend was a father of II young kids. Suicide & mental issues are not really talked about in society, almost as if they are shameful so having a parliamentarian shed light on an issue that affects even the highest of public office holders is very important in order to prevent future suicides.
"I would like to ask the House to go easy on me today, because I am a little shaken up. I just learned today that a childhood friend of mine committed suicide. His name was Jean-Maxime Leroux. Mourning his loss are his two children, his family and friends. He will be sadly missed."
Number CLXXXV (185),
Source: Hoang Mai, MP, New Democratic, Brossard La Prairie.