October 18th, 2017

NDP Statement on the Death of Gord Downie

NDP MP Charlie Angus (TimminsBaie James), and NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel, made the following statement:

"The boy, Canada's boy has gone home to Fiddler's Green.
We are devastated by the loss of our friend Gord Downie.
The Tragically Hip has been the soundtrack of our nation. The cranked up, rowdy arena rock band that was both profoundly intimate, and profoundly Canadian.
I had the honour of knowing Gord from my days as a musician. He wasn’t just an incredible artist, he was a decent loving human being who believed the world could be a better place.
In the face of his own mortality, Gord took his suffering and brought our nation on a journey of justice and reconciliation.
Gord wanted the nation to know that there are thousands of Chanie Wenjacks out there today trying to find their way home from a system that has robbed them of their families, of their identity and their culture.
Go to the angels Gord and rock that choir.
And we will watch the constellations, and you, reveal themselves one star at a time.
Thank you. Miigwech."