Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mario Lague

Statement from Michael Ignatieff:
“It is with great sadness that we learned this morning that our Director of Communications, Mario Laguë, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Ottawa.

“A man of many talents and accomplishments, Mario was a beloved member of our staff, and a valued personal advisor to me and the entire Liberal team. A man of great integrity and spirit, Mario served his country in many capacities with honour and dignity. Whether as a public servant under Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, Ambassador to Costa Rica or in his most cherished role as a husband and father, Mario brought a bright light to everything he did.

“While we will miss Mario’s extensive talents, we will miss most of all his warmth, his humour, and his passion for Canada that inspired us all.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, loved ones and the many, many friends and colleagues that knew him.”
I met Mario briefly at the Canada 150 conference, as did other bloggers who attended. He struck me as a warm person, generous with his time, even with we bloggers, strange creatures that we are, who were on the periphery of the media circles.

This is a big loss for the federal team and I just wanted to add my voice to all those out there expressing their sympathies today. Condolences to his family as well.