Hon. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):
Madam Speaker, before this Parliament closes down I would like to put some thoughts on the record about the late Marjorie Nichols of our press gallery.
This is not the anniversary of her birth or of her sad and premature death. However her memory still lives with those of us who shared Parliament Hill with her and with her large national following.
I was not a close enough friend to share any of her problems but I was a close enough colleague to go to her for political advice and reaction once in a while. It turns out that I was not the only member of Parliament or minister who did so.
She was a special woman and I regret that the new generation of MPs and senators who find themselves on Parliament Hill will not have Marjorie around for good company and inspiration.
Few journalists go beyond mere reporting of events to write with a perspective that helps to figure out what needs to be done next. Marjorie did. She was a brave loner who cut her own insightful path through Canadian life.
When one tries to define our national identity in this country a lot of it comes down to the few special personalities in public life-
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: THE LATE MARJORIE NICHOLS