The Canadian Tamil Congress is deeply saddened by the loss of a great Canadian and an outstanding public servant, Mr. Arnold Chan, the member of parliament for Scarborough - Agincourt. Mr. Chan, who also served as Deputy House Leader for the Liberal caucus,was an example of moral integrity, with a passion for public service.
He was a trusted friend of the Tamil community and never hesitated to come to our aid when needed, said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for CTC.With his death, we lost a great Canadian and a true friend of the Tamil community.
We fondly remember the inspiring words he shared in what would be his final speech in the House of Commons this past summer where he asked Canadians to “give heart to their democracy, to treasure it and revere it.” In spite of his failing health he bravely continued to represent his constituents in the House of Commons and stand for the Canadian values that he deeply believed in till the very end.
Our heart goes out to his young family.We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his loving wife Ms.Jean Yip, his children Nathaniel, Ethan and Theodore, his extended family, his colleagues in the House of Commons, and his friends on their loss. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.