From the Canadian Press comes the sad news that former senator and longtime Ottawa Liberal MP Jean-Robert Gauthier has died at the age of 80.
"He was first elected in the riding of Ottawa East in 1972, then won six more elections in the Ottawa-Vanier riding by large margins. Gauthier's roles in Parliament included Liberal Party house leader in 1990-91 and party whip from 1984-1990.
Following the Liberal victory in the 1993 election, Gauthier ran for Speaker of the House, but lost by one vote to Gilbert Parent. In 1994, he was appointed to the Senate..."
Prayers all around.