Tilson honours al petit in the house of commons during als month

June 03, 2013

OTTAWA, ON – This afternoon, on the occasion of the beginning of ALS Month in Canada, Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson rose in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Al Petit, a retired fire captain from Dufferin-Caledon, who succumbed to ALS. Mr. Tilson said:


“Mr. Speaker, June is ALS Month in Canada. In November, it was my distinct privilege to posthumously present a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal to retired Fire Captain Al Petit, who lived in my riding of Dufferin-Caledon. Al succumbed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis after a long fight with this deadly disease, a disease which also claimed my own father and affects approximately 3000 Canadians.”

“Al never quit fighting whether serving as an ambassador for an ALS online forum or participating in ALS fundraising in Orangeville and Brampton.”

“In death Al donated his spinal cord and a portion of his brain to assist researchers. The Diamond Jubilee Medal for Al was accepted by his wife, Lee.”

“Al was recently recognized by the ALS Society of Canada with their lifetime achievement award for his tireless efforts on behalf of those who suffer from ALS.”

“I encourage all Members to wear a corn flower today to show their support for the fight against ALS. Together, we will find a cure.”