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Statement from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

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Statement from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

Posted on August 12, 2010

“It is with great sadness that we learned this morning that our Director of Communications, Mario Laguë, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Ottawa.

“A man of many talents and accomplishments, Mario was a beloved member of our staff, and a valued personal advisor to me and the entire Liberal team. A man of great integrity and spirit, Mario served his country in many capacities with honour and dignity. Whether as a public servant under Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, Ambassador to Costa Rica or in his most cherished role as a husband and father, Mario brought a bright light to everything he did.

“While we will miss Mario’s extensive talents, we will miss most of all his warmth, his humour, and his passion for Canada that inspired us all.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, loved ones and the many, many friends and colleagues that knew him.”

Please consider signing Mario’s memorial book.

Laguë, Mario (1958-2010)

Tragically passed away in a traffic accident in Ottawa on August 12, 2010, at the age of 52. Devoted husband of Dr. Caroline Vu-Nguyen and beloved father of Arianne and Clara. He will also be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his mother Cécile, his sister Nicole, his extended family and by the countless friends he made through a lifetime of public service.

In the early days of his career, Mario was a trusted political advisor to Premier Robert Bourassa and went on to become the Government of Quebec’s delegate in Venezuela and in Mexico. He later served with distinction in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and was named Assistant Secretary to Cabinet – Communications and Consultations. Mario was selected by Prime Minister Paul Martin to be his Director of Communications and later served as Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica. After moving to Switzerland, he became the Communications Director for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In 2009, Mario was named Director of Communications by the Leader of the Opposition, Michael Ignatieff.

Mario’s warmth, wit, generosity and joie de vivre enriched every life he touched.

Visitation will take place in Montreal at the Centre funeraire Côte-des-Neiges, 4525 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (514-342-8000) on Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 2:00- 5:00pm.

A public memorial, followed by a reception, will take place on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 11:00 am at the Centre funeraire Côte-des-Neiges followed by a private burial.

Mario’s friends in Ottawa will also hold a celebration of his life in September.

In lieu of flowers, for those wishing, memorial donations may be made to a cancer foundation or cancer research facility of your choice.

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