May 02, 2018
Tears and tributes flowed in a solemn House of Commons today as MPs honoured longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly earlier today after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office.
The 57-year-old MP, who had represented the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004, was remembered as a tireless advocate, a passionate politician and a devoted family man.
Brown leaves behind his wife, Claudine, who works on the Hill in a senator's office, and two sons, Chance and Tristan.
During a special session of Parliament today, representatives from each party took turns making statements honouring Brown's memory. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer described Brown as the "quintessential happy warrior," whose decades of work earned him the trust and respect of colleagues and constituents.
Brown was keenly aware of the toll that political life can take and worked to support others, Scheer said.
"He recognized that the challenges of this life can place on members can be very, very difficult and he wanted to make sure our caucus supported each other, not just on the professional level, but on the human level as well," he said.
Paramedics were called to Brown's office on Parliament Hill shortly before 10 a.m. and performed emergency resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital.
Conservatives were told Brown had suffered a heart attack during their weekly caucus meeting, which ended early after the news broke. Shocked MPs were later called back into the room and told that he had died. A prayer was said for him.