FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Tobias Enverga.
“Our Conservative family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sen. Tobias Enverga, a cherished colleague and friend to so many across Canada, especially in the proud Filipino-Canadian community. The tragic loss of his welcoming and sunny personality leaves a large hole in the lives of all who knew him.
“Before joining the Senate, Sen. Enverga had a long and distinguished career as a project manager for the Bank of Montreal. But it was in his advocacy for the Filipino community that he truly left his mark. The founder of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation, Sen. Enverga received several awards from both Canada and the Philippines as a result of his charitable work.
“In 2010, Sen. Enverga was elected as a trustee to the Toronto Catholic School Board as the first visible minority to win election to that body, and the first Filipino-Canadian to win election to any office in the City of Toronto. Because of his long record of community work, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012.
“Sen. Enverga was the kind of person who could make anybody feel welcome and valued, a quality that is so important for those who act as ambassadors for communities of new Canadians. He embodied what we all want to see more of in public life.
“Sen. Enverga’s commitment to his community, his country, and to Canada’s diversity and pluralism will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues in the Senate and in the Conservative family.
“On behalf of the Official Opposition and Conservatives across Canada, I offer my sincerest condolences to his wife Rosemer and their three children.”