FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2017
Contact: Sevag Belian (613) 235-2622
Ottawa – It was with deep sadness that the Armenian National Committee of Canada learned about the passing of long-time Senator and former Member of Parliament, Marcel Prud’homme, who passed away peacefully at age 82.
The Montreal area politician who first entered politics in 1964 was re-elected eight times as Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint-Denis. Upon his resignation as MP in 1993, he served as an independent Senator until his retirement in 2009. Sen. Marcel Prud’homme was a staunch supporter and a major driving force behind Canada’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
“The passing of Sen. Marcel Prud’homme is a great loss for all of Canada and for the Armenian-Canadian community” said Shahen Mirakian, president of the Armenian National Committee of Canada.
“His honesty, courage, and the strong and principled stance that he always took against any issue of human rights will be truly missed” said Mirakian.
In 2004, the Armenian National Committee of Canada hosted a reception at the Armenian Community Center of Montreal in honor of Sen. Marcel Prud’homme’s 40th year in public service. As a token of appreciation, Prud’homme was given a work of art created entirely with flower petals signifying the Armenian community’s heartfelt appreciation for his steadfast support throughout the years.
The ANCC mourns the passing of Sen. Marcel Prud’homme and expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends.
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.