MPs donned hockey sweaters, bowed their heads in a moment of silence and spoke of their collective grief Monday as they gathered in the House of Commons for the first time since the deadly bus crash 10 days ago that decimated the Humboldt Broncos hockey team killing 16.
Outside the Commons, a lone hockey stick leaned against the entrance.
Inside, many politicians clad in hockey sweaters representing myriad teams and leagues delivered teary tributes before and after the daily question period — the first since the April 6 crash.
Partisan sniping took a back seat when Regina Liberal MP and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale praised the “demonstration of solidarity” in the House for his home province of Saskatchewan.
Conservative Leader, and Regina MP Andrew Scheer added his appreciation for the “non-partisan sentiments that have brought us all together in tribute to victims of the crash.” He later said that having lost so many young people at once “has sent shock waves throughout our entire province and our country.”
Regina NDP MP Erin Weir added those killed were not just great hockey players, but were also pillars of the community.
“They embodied a spirit of public service that inspires all Canadians and that we should strive to emulate here in this Parliament,” said Weir.
After question period, Goodale read the names of the deceased, saying they will “be heroes in our eyes and in our hearts.