OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Maureen and I are very sorry to hear of
Jean's death, and extend our condolences to both her direct family, and
the much larger family of admirers and friends in whose lives she
played such a central role. Family was second nature to Jean - she was
born an Ottawa Valley Morrison and was immensely proud of her parents'
high standard of community service, which she and her sisters then
exemplified and extended.
Her approach was straightforward: she made people welcome, and then she
put them to work. Behind her homespun manner was a remarkable capacity
to persuade the doubtful, and to get things done. In the House of
Commons, and then in the highly-charged atmosphere of my new Prime
Minister's Office, in 1979, she made her colleagues comfortable, and
therefore confident enough to be their best. As Chair of the National
Capital Commission, her leadership was emphatic in opening the national
capital to the rest of the country - she helped make Canadians feel "at
home" in their own capital, and aware of the history we share. We will
miss Jean Pigott greatly, but know her legacy is set deep in the
National Capital District, which was her home, and in the memories and
gratitude of her legions of admirers and friends.
SOURCE the Right Honourable Joe Clark
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