My condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Cadman.
Independent MP Chuck Cadman, who cast the deciding vote that let Paul Martin's minority Liberal government survive a confidence motion in May, has died of skin cancer.
Cadman, 57, died on Saturday with his wife at his side at his home in Surrey, B.C., his office said in a news release.
He had been battling the disease for two years.
Cadman, first elected in 1997, represented the riding of Surrey North near Vancouver.
He belonged to the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties before running as an independent.
Cadman played a pivotal role in averting a snap election on May 19, when he sided with Prime Minister Paul Martin and the Liberals in a confidence vote.
His support gave the Liberals the razor-thin margin they needed to survive as the House voted 152-152 on Bill C-48, a budget amendment that added $4.6 billion in social program spending and delayed corporate tax cuts.
Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, who is a Liberal MP, broke the tie by voting for the budget.
Cadman flew to Ottawa for the vote despite having undergone chemotherapy for malignant melanoma only a short time earlier.
He said he supported the budget bill on behalf of his constituents, who largely opposed the calling of an election so soon after the last one.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Independent MP, Chuck Cadman has passed away at the age of 57. From CBC:
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