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IN THE HOUSE – Christopher Seguin’s death highlights a national crisis

Christopher Seguin.

Comments in the House of Commons by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 on the death of Christopher Seguin:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Melissa Seguin and her young sons, Logan and Harrison, for the loss of their father and her husband, Christopher Seguin. I have known Christopher for over nine years in his time as vice-president of advancement at Thompson Rivers University. He generated millions of dollars for student awards, ground-breaking research, and major buildings. Most recently he stepped up to the plate and provided leadership while supporting the B.C. wildfire evacuees. With the Rotary Club of Kamloops, he established the Starfish Pack program to help feed young children, and he volunteered for the Kamloops Food Bank for the past decade.

Sadly, Christopher was an exceptional leader of our community who died at age 39 from an accidental overdose. This highlights a crisis that we have on our hands. No one is immune. I always thought that one day I would be paying
tribute to Christopher in this House and looking up at him in the visitors’ gallery, not delivering a memorial to a good friend. Despite our best efforts, we need to do more. I call on the government to call a national emergency.

Source: Open Parliament.ca.

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5 Comments on IN THE HOUSE – Christopher Seguin’s death highlights a national crisis

  1. The national emergency should be to put a stop on empty rhetoric form politicians…a “high” of any kind has a degree of potential negative consequences associated with it and the government cannot be “everything to everyone”…
    Mr. Seguin passing is tragic on many levels…may he Rest In Peace and I wish I could do something, anything to alleviate pain and sorrow for his family and friends.

    • Edyn Rothenburger // October 18, 2017 at 8:57 PM // Reply

      The untimely and unnecessary death of all those that suffer from addiction and/or mental health concerns are tragic, I wish something could be done to ease the pain of all those families.

      • Edyn:
        Are you related to MR?
        And yes, everyone of these untimely deaths are tragic. Behind each death there is also much agony which renders living life to the fullest very difficult.

      • Edyn Rothenburger // October 19, 2017 at 1:14 PM //

        Pierre, I couldn’t agree more.

  2. Edyn Rothenburger // October 18, 2017 at 1:18 PM // Reply

    Why is it that we have to wait until someone with a recognizable name dies from drug misuse until we call it a national emergency? Good people die from this everyday yet no one takes notice.

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