Ottawa – It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Armenian National Committee of Canada mourns the loss of Arnold Chan, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
“Words could not have described his strength, courage, perseverance and his love of the people he served. A great individual, a caring public servant, and a good friend of the Armenian people such as Arnold Chan will be missed dearly” said Shahen Mirakian, President of the Armenian National Committee of Canada.
Arnold Chan was first elected federally in a by-election in 2014, then re-elected in 2015. Previous to pursuing politics on a federal level, he worked within various capacities on provincial level.
“Throughout his time in office, Arnold always expressed a desire to visit Armenia but because of his health issues, he never got the opportunity. We hope that through our close relationship, we were able to bring Armenia’s hospitality and beauty to him here in Canada” said Mirakian
Despite his health issues, he continued to serve his constituents with love and compassion and in April 2016, he assumed the chairmanship of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, for which he dedicated great time and effort. The riding he represented is one of Canada’s most Armenian populated areas.