It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of the Honorable Jim Carr Monday afternoon. I wish to express in my own name as a Manitoban, and in the name of USJE, our deepest sympathies to his family and to his colleagues on Parliament Hill.
In his role as Chair of the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, Jim had built a fruitful working relationship with USJE. In May 2022, Jim toured the Stoney Mountain institution and the Osborne Community Correctional Center with RVP Jeff Sandelli and me, with local members Wayne Robillard and Sheena Rogister as guides. Jim Carr understood clearly the importance of the work our members perform on behalf of Canadians, a knowledge he longed to bring to the Standing Committee.
Jim had been living with cancer since 2019. When the fall session of Parliament began in September 2022, he did not resume his role as Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Jim Carr began his political career in the Manitoba Legislature. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015 for the riding of Winnipeg South Center and held two critical ministerial posts in Justin Trudeau’s first government from 2015 to 2019.