NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON THE PASSING OF DAVID VIENNEAU

Honourable Senators, I rise today to pay tribute to a former colleague of mine and member of the National Press Gallery, and a wonderful friend, David Vienneau.

 

How I will miss this man!  How Canadians will miss this man! How his family will miss him. He has been a weighty presence in Canadian media for more than two decades; first, working as a reporter, and then later as a bureau chief.

 

He was a reporter of great integrity who looked for the facts and let the story build from there.  He covered stories that others would have avoided and as a result, Canada took action against war criminals.

 

He earned the respect of his peers and of no less than four of Canada’s prime ministers.  And of course, he won many awards.

 

He moved with great agility between different media, and was one of the first to handle a newsroom of both print and broadcast journalists.  He was the bridge that brought these two factions together and helped them work effectively.

 

He was a complete professional, who loved his job, but most of all lived for his family.

 

It is shocking to lose someone so young and it is shocking to lose him so quickly.  His friends and colleagues all feel robbed.  We need him still and are not ready to go without his warmth, his honesty, and his humour.