LETHBRIDGE: About 250 people crowded the ballroom at a local hotel Friday night to bid "adieu" to newly-retired, longtime Lethbridge MP Rick Casson. One of the most glowing tributes came from Prime Minister Stephen Harper who made a surprise visit.
Harper spoke at length about Casson's five consecutive terms in office (1997 to 2011) and shared the story of their first meeting, 10 years ago. Harper finished his speech with the news that Casson has been named to the Queen's Privy Council, which means he'll retain the title "The Honourable Rick Casson" for life. The honour is rare for an official who hasn't served in cabinet.
The guest list included several politicians from a wide variety of parties, like municipal Alderman Bridget Mearns, Wildrose MLA Paul Hinman and former Conservative MP Chuck Strahl. True to form, the sometimes spotlight-shy Casson kept his closing speech short. He told Country 95 News that his retirement from politics doesn't mean retirement altogether. He plans to find new ways to help his community. To hear more of Casson's comments, stay tuned to Country 95 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, click "play" to hear portions of Friday night's tributes from Macleod MP Ted Menzies, former MP Chuck Strahl and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 at 12/6/2013 10:13:12 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photos by Country 95 News: (top) Casson takes the podium (bottom) Harper tells Casson