While the death of Arizona Republican has led to heaping accolades in the United States, Canadian politicians too have joined in. They have been expressing their condolence to the family of Senator John McCain, who died at the age of 81 due to cancer.
McCain died on Saturday, after battling brain cancer for over a year. He was an American politician and naval officer, who served as a Senator from Arizona from 1987. McCain didn’t seem to be scared of brain cancer, but it did saddened him.
After John McCain died, several influential individuals across the world, expressed their sympathies via Twitter.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised McCain as a patriot and hero, whose sacrifices for his country were an inspiration to millions.
Trudeau wrote, “Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”
Andrew Scheer, Conservative party Leader, wrote that McCain’s decades of service in defence of freedom touched people across borders.
Former Canadian Prime Ministers also expressed their condolences. Stephen Harper called the Arizona senator an American hero. Besides, Brian Mulroney called him a”committed friend of Canada” who “was a rare model of true bipartisanship, reaching across the aisle to work with friends on the other side, whenever he could.”
Peter MacKay, former Conservative party leader, tweeted, “Saddened by news that true American Hero @SenJohnMcCain reached stage of discontinuing treatment. He continues to lift us up with courage + inspiration and has blazed a path on the high road for all to follow. Graceful for his example+ friendship as we pray for him and his family.”
She also wrote, “Heartbreak for freedom loving people everywhere. The loss of John McCain is heartbreaking + the end of an era. A true voice for integrity + civility has been lost. Condolences to his dear family. The world is in mourning.”
While the responses from Canada were heart-warming, tweet from the US President Donald Trump was quite plain. He did not mention McCain’s military or Senate service, nor included any praise for the late Republican.
Trump simply wrote, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”