“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Canadians for the overwhelming outpouring of affection, thoughts and prayers since the announcement of Doug’s death.
“Over the past couple of days, I have personally heard from colleagues and friends all across Canada, around the world and of all political backgrounds.
“Doug was a humble man who never would have expected or wanted such attention. Yet the tributes speak to both his political brilliance and his personal character.
“Doug indeed was loved and I thank all of you for joining me in remembering him as the Senator, friend, strategist, husband and great Canadian that we lost all too soon.”