Mr. Speaker, last Saturday, I and quite a number of colleagues and friends, including the Prime Minister, attended Arnold Chan’s funeral. Arnold’s last gift to us was a brilliant rendition of themes and variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
That is exactly how I saw Arnold’s brief time among us: A brilliant shooting star illuminating, guiding, and fascinating. Arnold’s intellectual brilliance was instantly obvious when one first met him. He was a walking talking version of O’Brien and Bosc. Not only did he know the arcane world of practice and procedure, he knew enough to know that reliance on rules and procedure quickly leads to stalemate and frustration. Some people are very bright, some quite wise. Arnold was both wise and bright, and therefore, cherished by us all.
Arnold was also determined. Scarborough celebrates Canada Day with a parade. While physically taxing, urging Arnold to give up the parade was a waste of breath. He did make it. We have the picture to prove it. I believe it is my last picture with Arnold.
I will miss his smarts, his wisdom, his determination, and most of all his sly sense of humour.