Lib­eral MP Arnold Chan, 50, dies of can­cer

Medicine Hat News - - NATION - WORLD - The Cana­dian Press

OT­TAWA Lib­eral back­bencher Arnold Chan, whose elo­quent, emo­tional trib­ute to democ­racy ear­lier this sum­mer moved many in the House of Com­mons to tears, was re­mem­bered Thurs­day as a good friend, a won­der­ful hus­band and a ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant.

The 50-year-old Chan died of can­cer three years af­ter he was first di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau called him “a thought­ful, kind and, above all, tire­less ad­vo­cate for Cana­di­ans.”

“He be­lieved deeply in our democ­racy and be­came one of its most faith­ful and elo­quent guardians,” Trudeau said in a state­ment, not­ing that most of Chan’s brief time as an MP was shad­owed by his ill­ness.

“Even at his sick­est, he found the strength to stand up in the House of Com­mons and rep­re­sent his con­stituents, who he cared about so deeply.”

Chan learned he had na­sopha­ryn­geal car­ci­noma not long af­ter he won the Toron­toarea seat of Scar­bor­oughAgin­court in a 2014 by­elec­tion. He em­barked on a dif­fi­cult treat­ment regime of ra­di­a­tion and chemo­ther­apy, which seemed to have won him a re­prieve.

He was re-elected in 2015, but re­vealed in March 2016 that the can­cer had re­turned.

“It sucks the en­ergy out of you,” he said at the time about the dif­fi­cul­ties of chemo­ther­apy. “It lit­er­ally sucks the en­ergy out of you and some­times it hits you at times you had no idea it is com­ing.”

Chan was the fa­ther of three sons, Nathaniel, Ethan and Theodore. His wife, Jean Yip, ex­pressed her sad­ness in a state­ment re­leased on Twit­ter.

“He was a lov­ing fa­ther, won­der­ful hus­band and ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant,” she said, adding that while he “coura­geously fought” can­cer, he “al­ways con­tin­ued to work hard for his con­stituents.”

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