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Local Tories pay tribute to Senator Runciman

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Nearly 200 local Tories gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion in Brockville on Friday evening to pay tribute to former MPP and 2010 Citizen of the Year, Senator Bob Runciman. Amongst those who came out to celebrate Runciman’s  long and distinguished career  in provincial politics were, his successor, Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve Clark, MP Gord Brown, Brockville Mayor, David Henderson, and former Ontario Premiere, Mike Harris.
Harris praised the 29-year veteran, who left Queen’s Park for the Red Chamber, more than a year ago, calling him a close friend, confidant, and an exemplary leader.
“Bob is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive and dedicated people that I have had the privilege to work with,” began Harris.
“He leads by example, he always had the courage to do whatever it takes to get things done, and he is well respected on both sides of the Chamber.”
The accolades continued throughout the evening, which included a tribute from Runciman’s daughter, Sue, and by way of video, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, who referred to Runciman as, ‘one of the most effective and tenacious MPPs in a generation’.
“The halls of Queen’s Park just aren’t the same without Mad Dog on patrol,” joked Hudak.
“He’s been such a wonderful representative,” added MPP, Steve Clark.
“His record is a gold medal standard. We’re very lucky to have him continue to represent us.”
Clearly touched by the tribute, Runciman fondly recalled his nearly three decades in politics.
“You remember the good and you remember the bad, but mostly I remember how lucky I’ve been. I feel very privileged to have been able to do what I’ve done in these years,” said Runciman.
“When I was first elected, I thought I knew the riding, but you don’t really know it till you’ve been able to get out there and meet the people, and they’re good people. And that is what has made my  career so enjoyable all these years.”

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