I will not be at your funeral on Saturday, Jack. I missed visiting you as you lay in state in Ottawa, and I could only watch you leave my city on TV because I am in Regina right now.

In your letter you wrote to others who were fighting cancer, you said: My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

I am in Regina because I brought my daughter, just a few months younger than your dear Beatrice, to visit her great-grandfather. He’s 91 years old and he is one of the most special people in my life, I want her to know him for what time they might have together. Jack, he always asked me about you and he always referred to you as the next Prime Minister.

And so on Saturday I will watch the celebration of your life on television with my grandfather and my daughter and I will try to put your words into practice.

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