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Conservative member of Parliament Mike Lake, left, embraces his then-11-year-old son Jaden, who is autistic, during a news conference on November 21, 2006.
Conservative member of Parliament Mike Lake, left, embraces his then-11-year-old son Jaden, who is autistic, during a news conference on November 21, 2006.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

What Ottawa can do about autism

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From the outside, the House of Commons is often viewed through the prism of Question Period, with its faux debating and juvenile jeering. But there are quieter moments when Members of Parliament rise and make heartfelt statements and other MPs actually listen. Such was the case when Mike Lake, a backbench Conservative from Edmonton rose recently and said this: