Hon. Thomas Siddon (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure other colleagues will understand why members of the British Columbia caucus mourn the loss of Chuck Cook so deeply. He was a friend to all in this House.
Some of us knew Chuck Cook very well. As my colleague, the member for Capilano-Howe Sound has said, he could be gruff. Perhaps that is why he was successful as a pioneer in open-line radio. It was perhaps Chuck's manner, but those of us who knew him came to discover that Chuck Cook had a heart of gold. He was always very concerned about each one of us, as our colleagues have indicated, and was always ready to offer a compliment and offer positive and helpful advice.
Chuck came to Ottawa shortly after I arrived here and took an office across the hall from me. I remember the long nights he used to work. There are two things about Chuck Cook that the House should remember. He was a consummate politician but a classic servant of his constituents in the best possible way.
Some people used to wonder how Chuck Cook could be elected and re-elected as often as he was. Those of us who knew him know he did it the old-fashioned way, by wearing out shoe leather door to door. People could not understand how some of the giants, such as Iona Cam-pagnola and Gordon Gibson Jr., could fall to defeat to Chuck Cook, but we knew Chuck Cook. We knew what a dedicated British Columbian, and Albertan by birth, he was.
Something else that the House may not know is that Chuck Cook was-I know his family is very proud of this-the first supporter of our Prime Minister in British Columbia. In 1982 he invited the Prime Minister and Mila to come out to British Columbia where the Prime Minister spoke on the first occasion and won over friends and supporters in British Columbia.
The friend who he won first and to whom the greatest loyalty was shown was Chuck Cook. He was steadfast and dedicated to his party and to this government, and especially to the Prime Minister. For that we will always respect him.
Dale and his family, now grown up as all of our families do while we come to this place and fly that horrendous distance between British Columbia and Ottawa almost weekly, know the sacrifices he made and they too made sacrifices. Our hearts go out to Dale, Kim, Colin and Ken at this time of their bereavement. We will miss him greatly.
Subtopic: THE LATE CHUCK COOK