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Speech in Senate Chamber: Senator Cools pays tribute to the late Senator Stanley Haidasz, P.C. on his passing.

Hon. Anne C. Cools: Honourable senators, I join Senator Smith in paying tribute to the late Senator Stanley Haidasz. With his passing on August 6, last, I was reminded of what a fine gentleman he was. I would like to invite new senators to examine the career of this particular individual.

Senator Smith has noted that he was a high and most illustrious member of the Polish community. The important thing, as well, to remember about Senator Haidasz was the fierce integrity that he brought to his work. He was a doctor by trade, a scientist by training and a physician by profession.

He used to tell me, time and again, that he felt that his first duty as a physician was to save and protect life. Obviously, he was no supporter of the pro-choice movement nor the pro-euthanasia movement.

Honourable senators, he had a lovely family and he was a very gentle fellow. The Senate is a changed place now, but in those days, you would find that all honourable senators had a reverence for and an attachment to its members who were doctors. There was always a very loving expression by all senators toward those members who were doctors, because invariably one senator or another would need some medical advice and would turn to the doctors for that kind of consolation.

Honourable senators, I miss Stanley and have always missed him ever since he left the chamber because he was a very special fellow. I thought what I could do for him today was to put a prayer on the record that I know meant much to him. Senator Haidasz's Roman Catholicism meant a lot to him. He was a proud representative of the Roman Catholic Church in this place. As a matter of fact, I am told that whenever other senators or other Canadians would meet the then-Pope, the Pope would ask them whether they knew Senator Haidasz. That was the bond that he had with the Vatican.

Honourable senators, when the Cold War ended and the Iron Curtain lifted, it meant the world to Stanley as a Polish gentleman. All of this is now becoming increasingly remote. However, that was a significant event in the lives of those Canadians of Eastern European background.

I will read the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. It is the prayer for peace:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

I express great sympathy and extend my condolences to the members of his family and I uphold this man today as a great Canadian.


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