10:30 p.m., Jan. 27)
Ottawa-Orléans MP succumbs to cancer
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Ottawa-Orléans member of parliament Royal Galipeau passed
away on Saturday after a lengthy battle with myeloma.
He was 71.
Galipeau celebrates with hsi wife Anne after
being elected for a third term in 2015. The
former XConservative MP passed away from multiple
myeloma on Thursday, Dec. 13 . File photo
commonly known as cancer of the blood, myeloma is a cancer
of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible
for producing antibodies.
of Galipeau’s passing was made public by his longtime
legislative assistant and personal friend Bryan Michaud
who posted it on his Facebook page.
is with great sadness that I confirm that my friend and
mentor, former Ottawa- Orléans MP Royal Galipeau, died
peacefully this afternoon of complications from multiple
myeloma,” Michaud wrote in his post.
all the stories, your human side, your generosity and
your tenacity, thanks Royal Galipeau!,” Michaud added.
entered politics in 1982 when he successfully ran for
a seat on Gloucester city council. He was 36 at the time.
During his freshman term he helped introduce equal opportunity
hiring policies and unsuccessfully pushed to replace the
term “alderman” with a gender-neutral term.
ambition got the best of him in 1985 when he decided to
take a shot at the mayor’s job and ended placing third
behind Mitch Owens and the eventual winner Harry Allen.
the next 15 years he worked behind the scenes for several
Liberal MPs including former Ottawa-Orléans member Eugène
Bellemare and Mauril Bélanger.
2001 he was appointed to the Ottawa Library Board where
he helped introduce content-filtered Internet access at
the city’s library branches to prevent users from accessing
pornography on library computers.
2005, he shocked his former Liberal colleagues and many
political observers when he decided to seek the federal
Conservative nomination in Ottawa-Orléans after it appeared
the nomination would be handed to a parachute candidate
from New Brunswick. It
was one year after Walter Robinson had lost to Marc Godbout
in a hard fought contest to replace Bellemare.
observers didn’t give Galipeau a chance and even Galipeau
thought he had come up short of victory until the advance
ballots were added to the rest of the votes late in the
evening, putting him over the top.
would end up getting re-elected in 2008 and 2011 and would
serve 3556 days until he was defeated by Andrew Lesliie
in the 2015 General Election as part ot the Liberal sweep
that brought Justin Trudeau to power.
was first diagnosed with cancer in multiple myeloma in
2014 and would often make attend votes in the House of
Commons between cancer treatments.
leaves behind his wife Anne, his daughter Mimi, his three
sons Paul, Claude and Louis, and two grandchildren.
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