Canada's Parliament bids farewell to a champion of human rights


thankyoujason Dear Jason,

It is with a heavy heart in this moment, but one filled with optimism and joy for what your future holds, that I write to thank you for your tremendous public service to Canadians and commend you for an illustrious tenure as a Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast and Calgary Midnapore spanning two decades.

Whether as Minister of Defence, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on the government benches, as Chair of the House of Commons Subcommittee for Human Rights, or using your privileged position as an opposition MP, thank you for being an exemplary champion for human rights. Your steadfast commitment to your principles and the concrete actions you have taken saved thousands of lives around the world.

Your commitment to memorializing past atrocities and calling out evil wherever it is present has strengthened Canada’s social fabric. You continue to educate and inspire new Canadians and the next generation to better understand the traditions and strengths of Canada’s values and our nation is better for it.

I have no doubt you will continue to make a tremendous contribution to the people of Canada, but your departure from Parliament is a tremendous loss to the House of Commons. As you leave Ottawa to return to your home in Alberta, we wish you nothing but continued success.

I have never met an Honourable member so worthy of such distinction. On behalf of everyone at One Free World International, thank you and God bless.

Sincerely, Rev. Majed El Shafie President & Founder One Free World International