Canadian politicians are expressing their sympathies to the family of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has died of brain cancer at the age of 81.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter that McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions.
Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer praised McCain on Twitter, writing his decades of service in defence of freedom crossed party lines and touched freedom-loving people across borders.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper also expressed his sympathies, calling McCain an American hero, while former Progressive Conservative party leader Peter MacKay tweeted that freedom loving people everywhere are mourning the heartbreaking loss of a true voice for integrity and civility.
McCain was a war veteran who was captured in North Vietnam in 1967 and endured years of torture and abuse.
He died on Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year.
Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
— Justin Trudeau ()
Sad to learn of the passing of . His decades of service in defence of freedom crosses party lines and touches freedom-loving people across borders. On behalf of , I extend my condolences to his loved ones.
— Andrew Scheer ()
Laureen and I are saddened to learn of the untimely loss of a great American hero, Senator John McCain. His valour comes second only to his service and dedication to family and country. May he Rest In Peace.
— Stephen Harper ()
Senator John McCain spent his life in service to his country with dignity and honour. He was a true American leader, and one who I considered a personal hero. Thinking of his family, friends and those who served alongside him during this difficult time.
— Harjit Sajjan ()
Sad news about a great man. His passion for his country was clear. Was a thrill to get to know him.
— Rona Ambrose ()
Very sad to hear about ‘s passing tonight. A true statesman and leader who served his country with honour. Karla and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and our friends in the United States. ��������
— Doug Ford ()
Heartbreak for freedom loving people everywhere. The loss of John McCain is heartbreaking + the end of an era. A true voice for integrity + civility has been lost. Condolences to his dear family . The world is in mourning.
— Peter MacKay ()