Sunday, July 10, 2005

Chuck Cadman dies

Chuck Cadman died earlier today at the age of 57.

"Chuck was a decent man," Conservative Leader Stephen Harper told CTV News. "He entered politics for a cause. He fought his illness with a cheerful dignity. And we will all miss him.

"I just want to add that I and his former colleagues in the Conservative caucus will continue the fight for youth criminal justice reform that brought him into politics."

Although he came to the national stage during the budget battle, Cadman was well-known to his B.C. constituents for his battles with the criminal justice system.

In 1999, Cadman managed to achieve one of his own major goals -- sponsoring a private member's bill to toughen penalties for parents who fail to comply with court orders to supervise their children.

This bill, which became law, was inspired by his own tragedy. One of the boys involved in his son's stabbing was a young offender who hadn't complied with the orders of his probation.

Cadman is survived by his wife Dona and a daughter Jodi.

A memorial service will be held at the Johnston Heights Church in Surrey on July 16 at 11 a.m., according to a news release issued by family.