**OTTAWA, ON** – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on the passing of Gord Brown: “Our Conservative family is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our colleague and friend, Gord Brown. “Gord was an integral part of our Conservative Caucus, and a dedicated representative of his constituents in Leeds—Grenville—Rideau Lakes and the Thousand Islands. His Conservative values, his professionalism and his dedication were all reflected in his hard work in his constituency and in Parliament. “His loss is felt by all who have had the honour of serving alongside him in the House. We will miss Gord so much. “On behalf of the Official Opposition and Canada’s Conservatives, Jill and I offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Claudine and his sons Tristan and Chance. They will be in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.” -30- For more information: Daniel Schow (613) 286-1050 [email protected] Virginie Bonneau [email protected] (613) 294-8150