Paying Tribute to New Democrat Art Stewart

     Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is hard to say goodbye to someone I admire, respect, and love. For those of us who knew Art Stewart, we choose to remember all that was good about Art and there was so much that was good. Art was top notch.

    He knew the importance of family and commitment to community. It is how he lived his life. He taught those lessons to his children and showed his commitment to friends and neighbours. He made us all feel that we mattered because we did to Art. He worked to make the smaller and larger community better for everyone. He was a farmer, he loaded trucks for Loeb, he was a union man, shop steward, a candidate for federal office, a first rate neighbour and friend, a dear father and a loving husband.

    Art never stopped his efforts for the cause of fairness and social justice. Yes, Art was top notch.