MONTREAL, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Sheila and I were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and sudden passing of our friend Mario Lague earlier today. Our condolences, prayers and sympathies go out to Caroline and their daughters as well as the many other family members, friends and former colleagues who feel the sharp pain of his loss.
Mario had an enormous enthusiasm for public service and politics that energized his work and all those around him. As an ambassador and a public servant, Mario was a valued advisor on critical policy issues.
Mario loved Canada deeply. He was a passionate and trusted aide. A committed family member.
I spent much of last Sunday afternoon with Mario and Michael, as well as an hour at the airport where we just chatted about old times. We will all miss him deeply.
SOURCE The Right Honourable Paul Martin
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