Mario Laguë, Michael Ignatieff's director of communications, died tragically Thursday. He was far too young with still much to contribute to the country. At its most personal, this death leaves a wife without her husband and two daughters without a dad tonight and forever forward. They are suffering from blistering pain no one deserves.
All reports tell us what an accomplished individual Mr. Laguë was in all facets of his life. I only met him once and he certainly was affable. A great testament to his life's work, the betterment of Canada, was seen today in Ottawa and across the country in response to his horrific death.
In a place where acrimony and partisan warfare is all to common, it says something significant about the respect one has earned when a Prime Minister, a former prime pinister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the NDP and the head of the Green Party all praised Mr. Laguë for his commitment to our country. Legions of politicos of all persuasions have been discussing his contributions and offering condolences on Twitter. The media, often a hard audience to gain admiration from, has done the same.
In these dark moments it is important to remember, and I bet Mr. Laguë would want us to, that while there is often a diversity of views about what's best for Canada, those who populate its political terrain have a deep and abiding regard for each other. This often gets lost in the noise and the pursuit of headlines, yet it appears no one was blinded when it came to Mr. Laguë.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that to succeed is to make one life better. Mr. Laguë clearly did that and more. Hopefully his family can take some modicum of comfort on this horrible day in knowing that.