All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

Mauril Bélanger, MP, was recently named Honorary Speaker for a day in the House of Commons. He had put his name forward for the official position of House Speaker before his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He withdrew after learning of his illness.

The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. Very appropriate indeed! It makes me proud to be Canadian, but I do think all people with ALS should be given a standing ovation in support of the challenges they face.