Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a few words of condolences Wednesday morning for the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, who passed away from brain cancer on Tuesday night at age 53.
Visibly shaken, Trudeau praised Downie and the music he created with his band, noting the impact he had on Canadians from coast to coast.
“Gord was my friend,” said a tearful Trudeau. “But he was everyone’s friend … our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had. And not just with a nebulous ‘Oh, I love Canada’ way, he loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life.”
Trudeau and Downie were friends, indeed. The pair had many notable public meetings and shared many hugs.