Statement from MP Carol Hughes on the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II


Today, with a heavy heart, we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her reign lasted for over 70 years, having just celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. For most of us in the Commonwealth, she was the only Sovereign we have known in our lifetime. Her reign as Canada’s Head of State will always be a vital part of our history. Today, we mourn a monumental life of a woman who was a symbol of grace and consistency in an ever-changing world.

On behalf of the people of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, I extend deepest condolences to the Royal Family, including King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, to the people of the United Kingdom, all of the Commonwealth countries and those across the world who were touched by her warmth, dedication, and resilience.

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Nous sommes très attristés d’apprendre du décès de la plus ancienne souveraine du Canada, Sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth II.

Son règne a duré plus de 70 ans et elle venait de célébrer son jubilé de platine. Pour la plupart d’entre nous, membres du Commonwealth, elle était la seule souveraine que nous ayons connue au cours de notre vie. Son règne en tant que chef d’État du Canada sera toujours une partie essentielle de notre histoire. Aujourd’hui, nous pleurons la vie monumentale d’une femme qui était un symbole de grâce et de constance dans un monde en constante évolution.

Au nom de la population d’Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, j’offre mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille royale, y compris le roi Charles III et la reine consort Camilla, au peuple du Royaume-Uni, à tous les pays du Commonwealth et à tous ceux qui, partout dans le monde, ont été touchés par sa chaleur, son dévouement et sa résilience.

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Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.


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