The Late Tom Hanson

Honourable senators, it is with a very heavy heart that I rise today to speak about a wonderful man who has left us. Tom Hanson, a friend of mine, an award-winning photographer with Canadian Press, died two nights ago at the much-too-young age of 41.

Tom was one of those burly photographer types making their way around the Hill doing his or her job. You might not have noticed him, but you certainly would have noticed his photos. He had such an amazing talent — to capture a moment, a feeling, an energy in just one image, whether it was the half-shadowed face of a young Afghan fighter, a toddler patting the blue helmet of a peacekeeper, or former Prime Minister Chrétien on a scooter. One of his most recent photos was of Prime Minister Harper in New York City.

His photos moved us and made us laugh. They reminded us of some of the most important moments here in our country, and indeed around the world.

His photographs moved us, made us laugh, made us proud, as Senator Duffy would know, and made us remember. We will certainly always remember him.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Tom’s pictures will live forever.

Honourable senators, Canada has lost a great talent, one that can never be replaced or forgotten.

Tom Hanson, rest in peace. We honour you and we will miss you.