Letters to the Editor, Sept. 17

l’d like to offer my most sincere condolences to former prime minister Jean Chretien on the loss of his lovely wife, Aline. I remember how her graciousness, upright character, and presence in all official functions elevated both her husband’s stature and that of Canada’s as well. Indeed, aside from the Queen, Aline Chretien represented to many men, myself included, the kind of woman that any man would have been humbled to call a spouse. And though I cannot presume to feel the same heartbreak that her passing represents to the former PM and his family, I can state that Aline’s departure from public life was a genuine loss for this country, and to the many people who looked up to her. She was, in many ways, the ideal type of person to fill the role she was given. Never loud, never boisterous or self-serving, Aline Chretien rose above politics and gave Canada and Canadian women, especially, a true leader to emulate. Her kindness, friendly demeanour and quiet dignity reflected well on Prime Minister Jean Chretien, his government, and the people he represented. As it is written, “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). Read More

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