Arnold Chan MP on civility in parliament, June 2017

Liberal MP Arnold Chan urged civility in parliamentary debate
Liberal MP Arnold Chan urged civility in parliamentary debate

Arnold Chan, the Canadian Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, died of cancer in September 2017 at the age of 50. Chan was raised in Toronto where he earned masters degrees in political science and urban planning. He also had a law degree from the University of British Columbia. Chan first won his seat in a 2014 byelection but was diagnosed with cancer shortly afterwards. He embarked on a treatment regime of radiation and chemotherapy. He felt healthy enough to run in the 2015 federal election and became the Liberal Party’s deputy House leader after they took power.  However, he revealed in March 2016 that his cancer had returned. On June 12, 2017, Chan rose to speak in the House of Commons with his wife and family looking on. He was to address a motion put forward by the Conservative opposition criticizing the Liberal government’s record on the economy, but he used most of his speaking time to implore his fellow MPs to treat one another with civility and compassion in debate and to “ditch” their canned talking points.

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